Bowden Anticipates Making No Staff Changes

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CLEMSON - The buzz surrounding possible college football coaching moves intensifies this time of year.

Head coaches and assistants alike are rumored to be hired, fired or retired, and the list of possible replacements seems to grow every day. Within the next couple of weeks, many of these rumored moves - not to mention several surprises - are likely to happen.

But if Tommy Bowden is to be believed, they won't happen at Clemson. At least not by his doing.

Bowden said Wednesday that he anticipates making no changes on his coaching staff after the season "unless someone is offered a coordinator's job, or a head coaching job somewhere," he said. "There's always that possibility. You've got two ex-head coaches on your staff, and some other guys who have been coordinators at some other places.

"I don't really discuss it with them. I just tell them to let me know...let me know if they need my help."

Most of the fan and media focus on Bowden's staff hasn't been on who may leave for a promotion, but rather if any of the defensive coaches will lose their jobs after another disappointing season on that side of the ball.

The defense has been decimated by big plays all season, particularly the secondary. The early loss of hard-hitting safety Marcus Houskin certainly hurt the defensive backfield, however a revolving group of cornerbacks and constant shuffling of the safely spots failed to keep opposing offenses from feasting on the unit.

The Tigers are allowing 389.5 yards per game to opposing offenses, 172.1 on the ground and 217.4 through the air.

However, Bowden said he anticipates all the defensive coaches will return "unless they get a job somewhere."

"No," he replied when asked if he planned to fire any of his defensive staff.

"We'll do evaluations after the season, but we do that on both sides of the ball."

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