Bowden Announces Defensive Responsibilities
Clemson, SC-Clemson Head Coach Tommy Bowden has announced defensive
coaching assignments for his staff for the 2002 season.
John Lovett, who was named defensive coordinator last week,
will coach the secondary. Jack Hines, Clemson's secondary coach the
last three years, will move to the linebackers, a position he coached
at Auburn from 1996-98. Theilen Smith will remain defensive line
coach and Rodney Allison will again coach the defensive ends,
positions they have coached the previous three seasons at Clemson.
"When Bill Oliver came to Auburn as defensive coordinator to coach
for my brother Terry, Jack moved from the secondary to linebackers,"
said Tommy Bowden. "Auburn went on to win 10 games in 1997 and
played in the SEC championship game. Takeo Spikes (now Pro Bowl
linebacker with the Cincinnati Bengals) was one of the linebackers he
coached at Auburn. John has coached all the positions on defense,
but has the most experience with the secondary.
"We have met as a staff and feel this is the best alignment
for the defense from a coaching standpoint. I look forward to the
beginning of spring practice and the return of 19 of our top 22
defensive players from last year."