Once a Tiger, always a Tiger

CLEMSON - Just like the other three new coaches at Clemson, Danny Pearman's life and his family's life has been turned upside down the last few months.

"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 J.K. Jay.

"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 said.

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 played here.

"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 worked at."

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