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Garrett Riley faces restoring the Clemson offense and building back up his head coaching candidacy.
Garrett Riley faces restoring the Clemson offense and building back up his head coaching candidacy.

National outlet analyzes Garrett Riley's head coaching path


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Clemson went after one of the hottest names in college football after the 2023 season with Garrett Riley.

Fresh off a national championship appearance as offensive coordinator with TCU, Riley was awarded the wealthiest contract for an assistant in the game, at $2.05 million for last season. Even before calling one play in a game for the Tigers, Riley was regarded as the top coordinator candidate for a head coaching role by CBS Sports.

After facing a tougher job and results than maybe expected, Riley looks to restore that hype while restoring the Clemson offense this season.

"After helping orchestrate TCU's high-flying 2022 attack, Riley was supposed to ignite Clemson's attack in 2023," CBS' David Cobb wrote in his top coordinators article for this offseason. "But the Tigers ranked 50th in total offense during his first year as offensive coordinator. It will take a big season for the 34-year-old to reclaim the rocket ship trajectory he enjoyed a couple seasons ago. But if the Tigers make a significant offensive jump, Riley has the resume to garner head coaching looks. He played for Mike Leach, his brother is USC coach Lincoln Riley and his last three bosses are Dabo Swinney, Sonny Dykes and Eli Drinkwitz. That's a strong pedigree."

Clemson returns a former five-star and No. 1-rated QB in Cade Klubnik for his second full season as a starter, along with a number of veterans on the offensive line, a productive running back in Phil Mafah, a former No. 1-rated tight end in Jake Briningstool and some wide receivers seeking a bounceback (Antonio Williams) and highly-rated freshmen coming in Bryant Wesco and TJ Moore.

Riley is the only ACC coordinator on the CBS Sports list, which contains two from opener opponent Georgia (D-coordinator Glenn Schumann and co-D-coordinator Travaris Robinson) and coaches only from SEC and Big Ten schools otherwise as well.

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TigerNet News®
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TigerNick04
spacer That's exactly what the article states***
toptentiger®
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slwcu79®
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Clemgalalways®
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slwcu79®
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WisenTiger®
spacer There isnt much opportunity for the media to ask him.
Judge Keller®
spacer Hard to fault Garrett when he has been stuck with lame assistants Dabo hired.
Judge Keller®
spacer Re: Hard to fault Garrett when he has been stuck with lame assistants Dabo hired.
clemzn1981®
spacer Just hit the flag button and make his troll comments...
moab®
spacer Not that I necessarily agree with his comments but
clemson7024
spacer Re: Hard to fault Garrett when he has been stuck with lame assistants Dabo hired.
allorangeallthetime52®
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allorangeallthetime52®
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QBVII
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TigerBigBass
spacer Do It W/O Sonny Dykes 1st.
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allorangeallthetime52®
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clemvol
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tigerpaw®
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allorangeallthetime52®
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tigerlex24®
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slwcu79®
spacer Fake News Distractions
NIKE®
spacer Two question marks about Riley and 2024.
bretfsu®
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TigermanJ92
spacer Fix this one thing and the team will be fine...
francismariontiger
spacer Fix the offensive line and the team will be fine.***
Razzmatazz
spacer I agree. IF we make a significant leap on O, Riley will be a top HC candidate.
Razzmatazz
spacer Re: I agree. IF we make a significant leap on O, Riley will be a top HC candidate.
allorangeallthetime52®
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Summittiger
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Just_Sayin
spacer TCU's recruiting class avg was #32, UGA's was #2 in the 5 yrs prior to the NCG
Razzmatazz
spacer Riley needs to show me something this year. Last year was not was expected.
clemzn1981®
spacer Depends if he was given the reins
PAWsitively AllIn
spacer Re: Depends if he was given the reins
clemzn1981®
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allorangeallthetime52®
spacer Id just like to see Dabo
coachmac
spacer And where did you get the made up theory Dabo did that?
clemzn1981®
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westerntigerfan
spacer A coach
FORESTTIGER
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