Clemson's new defensive tackles coach was on hand at practice Monday watching the Tigers go through spring drills, even though he hasn't officially been named to the position.
However Dan Brooks, former defensive line coach at Tennessee, will in fact be Clemson's new defensive tackles coach once a background check and other paper work has been completed.
Brooks met with head coach Dabo Swinney Sunday, as well as several other Clemson assistants, before spending the night in Clemson.
Brooks, who has long been believed to be the leading candidate to replace former defensive tackles coach David Blackwell and is considered an outstanding assistant in coaching circles throughout the south, 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.
Brooks to be named DT coach
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