West, who had coached outside linebackers and bandit ends last season, had recently moved into an adminstrative role since the Gator Bowl earlier this month after head coach Dabo Swinney named Kevin Steele Clemson's new defensive coordinator.
Sources tell CUTigers he was more interested in resuming his career as a football coach, instead of moving into an adminstrative role, which was the primary reason he elected to take a coaching position with Tulsa as co-defensive coordinator.
He reportedly already interviewed for a defensive coaching position twice with the Golden Hurricane and accepted the job last week, as announced by Tulsa head coach Todd Graham earlier today.
"We're excited to have Ron join our coaching staff," said Graham in a press release. "He has great experience and success coaching on the collegiate level. Ron gives us another outstanding coach on the defensive side of the ball, and one who has had success as a coordinator on the Division I-A level (FBS).
"He is also a very good recruiter. Ron's work at North Texas, Texas Tech, Baylor, Tulane and Louisiana-Lafayette allowed him to develop high school relationships that will greatly assist us in continuing to recruit the state's of Texas and Louisiana."
West came to Clemson with former head coach Tommy Bowden from Tulane in 1999 and also coached Clemson's offenive line during 10 seasons with the Tigers.
He was also a solid recruiter, helping sign five-star prospects Ricky Sapp and Da'Quan Bowers in recent years.
West was also a member of two Gator Bowl teams as a reserve offensive lineman at Clemson in 1977 and 1978.
He has also coached at East Carolina, Texas Tech, Louisiana Lafayette, Baylor and Tulane.
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