Phillips Meets with OU Coordinator

With rumors swirling along a number of fronts, it appears the trip to Oklahoma City made by Clemson Athletic Director Terry Don Phillips was made to meet with Oklahoma defensive coordinator Brent Venables.

Venables was one of two Oklahoma assistants being rumored to be involved with Clemson earlier Tuesday. Sooners' offensive coordinator Kevin Wilson was the other, but Wilson denied having any contact with Clemson officials.

"There is nothing to admit," Wilson said. "I do not have an agent, so they have not contacted my people. No one has contacted me. Even coach (Stoops) came up and said ‘Hey now I got these guys calling me. You would have told me?'

"I wish there was something to say."

That speculation hit Norman, Okla., today when it was found out that Clemson athletic director Terry Don Phillips had boarded a private plane that was headed for Oklahoma City.

Phillips, who was the athletic director at Oklahoma State from 1994-2002, has plenty of ties in the "Sooner State" and he could be meeting with a wide array of coaching candidates, but when OU offensive coordinator Kevin Wilson did not show up to his normal Tuesday afternoon meeting with the press the rumor mill started churning in a serious way.

After Wilson denied having been contacted by Clemson officials, speculation turned to Venables, who was nowhere to be found after practice Tuesday.

Oklahoma sports information suggested Venables went home early to be with his new born child, but later confirmed with sources in Oklahoma that he actually met with Phillips.

Venables was one of five finalists for the 2006 Broyles Award and has been a part of a coaching staff that consistently produces one of the top defensive units in the Big 12 and the nation.

He was also rumored to be on Terry Don Phillips' short list a year ago when former head coach Tommy Bowden almost took the head coaching position at Arkansas. Top Stories