Brooks meeting with Dabo

CLEMSON - Former Tennessee assistant Dan Brooks met with Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney Sunday, sources tell CUTigers.com.

Former Tennessee assistant Dan Brooks met with Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney Sunday in regards to the open defensive tackles coaching position, sources tell CUTigers.

Brooks, who has long been believed to be the leading candidate to replace former defensive tackles coach David Blackwell, is also an established recruiter who has strong ties to South Carolina.

In addition, Brooks coached former NFL notables such as John Henderson, Darwin Walker, Albert Haynesworth, Shane Burton, Demetrin Veal, Tony McDaniel, Aubrayo Franklin Jesse Mahelona and Rashad Moore, just to name a few.

His previous coaching experience included stops at Florida and North Carolina.

The veteran Carolina native still has the zest for football he experienced when he was given his first job at Western Carolina in 1975.

A Western Carolina graduate, Brooks received his master's from Florida. He coached at Western Carolina, Kings Mountain (N.C.) High School and Florida before taking a job with Mack Brown at North Carolina in 1988.

Brooks, after the 1998 national championship season at UT, was awarded recognition as the Southeastern Conference's outstanding defensive line coach.

Blackwell left Clemson to become the co-defensive coordinator at South Florida after having coached defensive tackles, linebackers and served as a recruiting coordinator during his six-year tenure in Tigertown.

Brooks, 57, was the defensive line coach under former Tennessee head man Phil Fulmer, until Fulmer was fired last year.

Since then he has served in a support role with the Tennessee athletic department.

Brooks was also rumored to be a candidate for an assistant coaching position at Clemson prior to the Gator Bowl.

While Brooks remains the leading candidate, Duke co-defensive coordinator Marion Hobby has also been rumored to be a legitimate possibility for the position as well.

Hobby served as a defensive line coach earlier this decade and is still highly thought of by Dabo Swinney and other athletic department officials.

Still, sources maintain to CUTigers Brooks has been, and remains at this very moment, the leading candidate for the open position.

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