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Kevin Steele out


  by - Senior Writer - Thursday, January 12, 2012 12:42 PM
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CLEMSON – Defensive coordinator Kevin SteeleKevin Steele
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is out at Clemson, and there has been a team meeting with the players called for tonight at 6 p.m. at the WestZone to discuss the changes. The team had one meeting Tuesday to discuss the off-season, but Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney was in Texas so tonight is his first chance to speak with his players' directly since the team arrived home from the Orange Bowl.

The rumors of Steele’s departure have run rampant since last Wednesday’s 70-33 loss to West Virginia in the Orange Bowl, and now the Tigers must look for another defensive coordinator just as a big recruiting weekend and National Signing Day loom.

Our source tells us that head coach Swinney could look in-house to secondary coach Charlie Harbison, but that Swinney is also very interested in Bill Clark, the defensive coordinator at South Alabama. Clark is like offensive coordinator Chad Morris in that he is just a few years removed from success at the high school level, but he has also seen success while leading the Jaguars’ defense.

In 2009, his defense allowed 5.9 points, 60.7 yards rushing and 173.1 yards passing per game, made 14 interceptions and recovered eight fumbles, and had 35 tackles for a loss and 14 sacks.


In 2010, against better competition, the Jags' defense allowed 13 points, 81.2 rushing yards and 173.4 passing yards a game. The defense recovered 10 fumbles, added 15 interceptions, and made 67 tackles for a loss and 24 sacks. The numbers slipped a little last season as the team played a lot of younger players, but Clark is known as a fast-riser in the coaching ranks.

Stay tuned for further details.


Update: Clemson will owe Steele $1.3 million (two years of salary) plus $200,000 in longevity bonuses.


Update: Steele told ESPN.com he has been fired after three seasons, but coach Dabo Swinney and the university say Steele is leaving to pursue other coaching opportunities.


Update: Clemson releases official statement on Steele: Steele will not return as defensive coordinator


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B-Meist®
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clemsontigz
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Mikeyg®
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Manning_Tiger®
Grow Up - Lets be realistic
TheCatsMeow
Re: Grow Up - Lets be realistic
allorangeallthetime52®
It's not just his comment that's a clue to his Cootishness..
TigerHawk76®
Re: Grow Up - Lets be realistic
tigerag79
^^^^^Goober alert^^^^^***
talegater
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dhg
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nothinman72
SO LONG STEELE! YOU DON'T GIVE UP 70 AND STAY!
TigerLight
There was a lot more at stake at the OB than Steele...
iTiger
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RickyC78
2012 Recruiting?????????
SpillerROH28
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raginranger®
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TigerBlood230
Maybe it's like recruiting? Some coaches have a knack for
David78®
Re: Maybe it's like recruiting? Some coaches have a knack for
TigerBlood230
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Terrierfan
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tigerag79
Re: Front Page Story: Kevin Steele out
allorangeallthetime52®
Like hiring someone fromTulsa was overwhelming?
TigerHawk76®
Good luck Coach Steele! Signed- franc1968***
PGTiger
I know you are being sarcastic. But
MackDaddy®
Re: Front Page Story: Kevin Steele out
tigerbart
He was in San Antonio for the National Coaches Conference***
TheCatsMeow
Frogs are green.
TigerHawk76®
Sorry it didn't work out, but good luck Kevin with your
zettner®
only posted 1 hour after the story broke, not too shabby***
fowlerj43
Dabo is 1-for-3 on OC/DC hiring decisions. Fingers crossed.
Razzmatazz
Re: Dabo is 1-for-3 on OC/DC hiring decisions. Fingers crossed.
shellac23
Re: Dabo is 1-for-3 on OC/DC hiring decisions. Fingers crossed.
allorangeallthetime52®
Thank you!!!***
tigertomw
Re: Front Page Story: Kevin Steele out
TIGERSRGREAT
TCI is hinting that K. Steele may have underlying.......
jch81
Steele's office reportedly cleared out while Dabo was @ AFCA
Razzmatazz
Re: Steele's office reportedly cleared out while Dabo was @ AFCA
rundahill
Could we get.....***
c_rast64
Re: Could we get.....***
c_rast64
Re: Could we get.....***
tigerag79
Great. Another coaching prospect from South Alabama.
RichMICH

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