Top Candidate for Assistant Coach

CLEMSON - With the news that defensive coordinator Vic Koenning is moving on, learns of a leading candidate to be a new member of Clemson's coaching staff.

With the news released earlier today that Vic Koenning is moving on, has learned that former Mississippi State defensive coordinator Charlie Harbison has emerged as a leading candidate to be a new member on Clemson's staff. has also learned Harbison has already been contacted about a position, likely coaching Clemson's defensive backs.

Harbison, 47, was Mississippi State's defensive coordinator for the past season, a year after being promoted as the Bulldogs' defensive backs coach.

Before that he spent four years in his second tour of duty on the staff at the University of Alabama.

Harbison also served as the defensive backs coach at Clemson from 1995-97.

In addition to his collegiate coaching experience, Harbison worked in both the Arena Football League and the World League of American Football. His professional football coaching resume includes serving as defensive coordinator for the Charlotte Rage (1993).

He and his late wife Gloria, who passed away in early 2003 after battling cancer, have four children – Charlie, Stedman, Masai and Msiba; daughter-in-law Caroline and grandsons, Masai II and Amari.

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