Venables, Kiffin Down, Who is Next?

With two interviews already in the books, Clemson Athletic Director Terry Don Phillips' schedule the next couple of weeks will be busy to say the least.

Sources have informed CUTigers.com that the next interview to take place in regards to the Clemson coaching search will be with Virginia Tech defensive coordinator Bud Foster.

Foster won the 2006 Broyles Award honoring the nation's top assistant coach that year and has been a semi-finalist for the award in three other years.

Now in his 22nd season at Virginia Tech, he has helped mold nationally ranked defenses on a yearly basis during his 13 years as a coordinator.

Foster has also already expressed interest in the job, telling reporters on Oct. 15 he would "jump through hoops" to be the next head coach at Clemson.

"I'd be... stupid" not to be interested, Foster said. "You guys have all asked me for the last five years, six years. Who wouldn't be (interested)? ... That'd be one I'd be jumping through hoops to try to get."

In addition, Bob Lattinville, Foster's agent, told The Washington Post in November 2007 that Foster will become a head coach "within the next two years. This year or next year."

Since arriving in Blacksburg in 1987, Foster has coached several different positions. He coached the inside linebackers for one year in 1987, then tutored the outside linebackers for the next five seasons.

Foster assumed responsibility for both sets of linebackers prior to the 1993 season and also took over special-teams coaching that year. The following year, he coached the inside linebackers and special teams.

In 1995 he was named co-defensive coordinator and took over as the sole defensive coordinator in '96. The inside linebackers continue to be his primary responsibility.

A 1981 graduate of Murray State, Foster was an outstanding strong safety and outside linebacker from 1977 to 1980.

It is believed Foster will interview for the head coaching position at Clemson some point this weekend.

Virginia Tech plays at Miami Thursday night.

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