Special Teams Coach at Clemson?

The Clemson Tigers had a woeful year on special teams last season outside of junior placekicker Aaron Hunt, but was it enough to force Tommy Bowden to hire a special teams coach? Judging by some of the recent developments in Tiger Town, there just maybe be on on the horizon, and the name might surprise you.

Two independent sources confirmed today to CUTigers.com that head coach Tommy Bowden will likely put current linebackers coach Jack Hines in charge of special teams after the announcement of David Blackwell's hiring in the very near future.

Current defensive line coach Thielen Smith will continue to work with the defensive linemen while defensive coordinator John Lovett and Blackwell will help out with the defensive ends.

The defensive ends coaching position was vacated when Rodney Allison accepted the head coaching job at Tennessee Chattanooga back in December.

Blackwell, who is now coaching linebackers at Pittsburgh, is expected to have the same responsibilities at Clemson next season, which should allow Hines to move into control of the Tigers' special teams.

While a statement announcing the hiring of David Blackwell away from Pittsburgh has not yet been released, he was seen on campus for the Tigers' big recruiting weekend on Saturday. In fact, Greenville wide receiver Noah Whiteside confirmed that Blackwell would indeed be coming to Clemson in the near future.

"He said he's coming here, no doubt about it," said Whiteside.

Late Monday, the Clemson athletic department released a statement indicating that an annoucement would be made in the next 24 hours or so about Rodney Allison's replacement. In other words, Blackwell will likely be named linebackers coach as soon as tomorrow.

If all goes according to plan, this would make the second coaching move in as many years for Hines. Before the arrival of John Lovett last season, Hines was in charge of the Tigers' secondary. Coach Lovett took over as defensive back's coach last season and moved Hines down to the linebackers.

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