According to multiple sources, athletic director Terry Don Phillips is "enamored" with possibility of hiring Skinner.
If Clemson were to hire the former Boston College and Rhode Island coach, it would likely mark a significant change from the full-court pressure philosophy used by Purnell during his seven years in Tigertown.
Skinner also utilizes the "flex" offense, which entails a series of tight screens near the baseline and is highly structured.
In 13 seasons at B.C., Skinner went 247-165 overall, finished first in the Big East twice and no higher than third in the ACC.
In 2005-06, he took BC to the Sweet 16, and of the eight trips to the NCAA tournament, his teams won five opening round games. Seven of the trips were made consecutively.
At Rhode Island Skinner went 138-126, made two NCAA appearances (advanced once) and twice went to the NIT quarterfinals.
Former Clemson assistant coach and now interim coach Ron Bradley has also been named a candidate for the vacant head coach job.
Prior arriving Clemson in 2003, Bradley was as an associate head coach at James Madison University for one season.
During his career, he's spent 16 years as a head coach. The first five came at Eastern Nazarene (1976-81) and 11 were at Radford (1991-2002). He has a career record of 289-175.
Bradley's teams had a winning record 15 in all but one of those 16 seasons.
On Tuesday, Phillips said he planned for the search to take two weeks.
Phillips and senior associate athletic director Bill D'Andrea are currently on the road meeting with candidates.
Al Skinner emerges as a candidate
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