Reports: Koenning Will Not Be Retained


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CLEMSON -- Vic Koenning may be out as Clemson's defensive coordinator, according to information coming out of Clemson early this afternoon.

According to some sources within the Athletic Department, newly-minted head coach Dabo Swinney met with Koenning this morning and gave him the news, despite saying in yesterday's press conference that any staff changes would be addressed after the bowl game.

According to reports, Koenning will remain with the Tigers until after the bowl, but will not coach the team during the game. He is expected to meet with and tell the defensive players this afternoon.

Koenning, however, was still in his offices early Tuesday afternoon, and when reached, would neither confirm nor deny the information, saying that any news would have to come from Swinney's office.

"When God closes one door, he opens another one," Koenning said. "Any news like that would have to come from his (Swinney's office). There has been so much garbage out there lately, and so many rumors, it is just better if he answers those questions."

Any rift between Swinney and Koenning could simply be a difference in philosophies - before the Duke game, Koenning said that Swinney wanted the Tigers to play more press man coverage, while Koenning preferred his defensive backs to have help. At the time, Keonning said he had no issues with Swinney, and would do whatever his boss told him to do.

Koenning is in his fourth season at Clemson, spending two seasons at Troy as the defensive coordinator there. He was also the head coach at Wyoming from 2000-2002, and was at Memphis for 10 years before that.

He has been rumored to have interest in joining the staff at Kansas St., where he graduated in 1983. More information will be made available to Tigernet as the situation develops.

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