Blackwell played his football at East Carolina, before suffering a career ending neck injury during his sophomore season in 1991.
He stayed on with the Pirates through 1995, coaching at various positions, including rush linebackers before moving onto Illinois State.
Illinois State finished with a 11-3 record in 1999 and advanced to the semifinals of the national playoffs where it lost to eventual national champion Georgia Southern.
Blackwell has also tried his hand in the recruiting arena, as he was named as the recruiting coordinator for the Redbirds during his last two seasons there.
Blackwell originally joined Pittsburgh after serving the prior four seasons as an assistant coach at Illinois State and has coached 6 NFL players during his tenure as a coach.
Blackwell was confirmed on campus at Clemson University yesterday afternoon by several sources, which clearly seems to indicate that a deal to get him to Tiger Town is in the works.
By all accounts, the potential hiring of David Blackwell away from Pittsburgh would be a huge coup for head coach Tommy Bowden and the rest of the coaching staff at Clemson University. Blackwell is a proven winner that has the ability to recogonize, and even more importantly, develop talent on defense.
More on this developing story, as we receive more information.
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