Two Clemson assistants listed as rising head coach candidates

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Venables is one of the top coordinators in college football

One of the hot topics each year on Internet message boards and on television shows are which college football coaches are sitting on the proverbial hot seat. With all the firing and hiring that is done each year, released their 30 football coaches that are hot commodities in the college ranks which included Clemson defensive coordinator Brent Venables and co-offensive coordinator Tony Elliott.

Every year Venables is included in top assistant rankings.

"Last year was a big one for Venables," said. "His team not only won the national title, but he also won the Broyles Award as the nation’s top assistant. The 46-year-old is beloved by players and has always had a strong reputation as a recruiter. He’s made it known he’s not going to jump at just any chance to be a head coach, since he is very happy with how things are now. One intriguing twist could come at Texas Tech, where Kliff Kingsbury is on the hot seat and Red Raiders AD Kirby Hocutt is one of Venables’s closest friends."

Elliott will certainly be a hot coaching prospect with his youth, intelligence, and immediate success at Clemson.

"His personal story is inspiring, overcoming so much tragedy to walk on at Clemson and earn a degree in industrial engineering," said. "Now he has risen up the coaching ranks, playing a key role in the Tigers’ climb to the national title. Clemson is 70–13 and have 10-plus win seasons in his six years on staff. Last season as the Tigers’ play-caller he help light up Alabama’s No. 1 defense for over 500 yards on 99 plays—all but two snaps came out of the shotgun. Even if the Tigers don’t end up as a Top 5 or even Top 10 team this year, Elliott still should be in the mix for AAC and maybe even some ACC head coaching vacancies."

Former Clemson offensive coordinator Chad Morris was also mentioned as a possible head coach candidate if he wanted to leave SMU.

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