"It has been hectic, but obviously exciting to get a house closed, moved and relocated," he said. "I have three kids and we're trying to get them adjusted to new schools and that has been very important to us.
"Then on top of that there is the job itself so it has been kind of
hectic. It has been a crazy couple of months."
But as crazy as it has been, Pearman is enjoying every minute of it. See
unlike the other new coaches on the staff Danny Pearman is finally back at
a place he has always loved and appreciated more than any of his stops
during his football career. He is back at Clemson.
Pearman played tight end for the Tigers from 1985-'87 and then stayed on
the next two years a graduate assistant under then head coach Danny Ford.
During his time at Clemson, he was a part of three ACC Championship teams
- two as a player and one as a coach.
"I really enjoyed working at the places I have been fortunate enough to
work at," Pearman said. "I enjoyed meeting new people and seeing other
institutions, their traditions and seeing how they're run.
"Some of those are competitors to Clemson so you know what they have to
sell in that aspect. You work awfully hard at any of these schools, but I
think it is more fulfilling when you work extremely hard at the place that
you went to and care deeply about and of course that is Clemson."
Pearman is excited about the opportunity he has at Clemson, where he will
be in charge of the tight ends and tackles. He is also excited about
coaching veteran players like Michael Palmer, Durrell Berry and Chris
Hairston as well as younger players like Dwayne Allen, Landon Walker and
"Once you start coaching it has to be about the players, first off, and
then marrying the group of players you have with the institution you
represent and the product you are trying to put on the field for them," he
And being a Clemson guy already has made that whole process easier for
Pearman, who players have said wears his emotions on his sleeves, as well
as his love for Clemson.
"He is a tough guy and demands nothing, but toughness from you," Hairston
said. "You can be doing a kick block or something that you have to seal
off, but you are going to be tough with it. No matter what, you are going
to try and drive and finish off blocks. He is really preaching toughness."
And that leads into his passion for Clemson and trying to make sure his
players are just as strong, physical and tough for him as he was back when
he played for Ford.
"I can tell the passion he has for Clemson," Hairston said. "When he first
talked to us, he talked to us about Clemson and what it was like when he
"He is really showing us that he can be a great guy and a great coach and
is really pushing us to the next level as tackles and really the entire
line. He is out there with us all."
Because, like his players, Pearman too is a Clemson Tiger and he knows
what they are all going through as such.
"I'm excited to have that opportunity and I look forward to making the
most of it. I'm just excited to be a part of it," he said. "There is a
deeper feeling (in my heart) for Clemson than most schools that I have
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