Three Clemson Football Coaches Released

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CLEMSON, SC -- Clemson head football coach Tommy Bowden has announced the three members of his 2004 coaching staff have been released. Offensive coordinator Mike O'Cain, defensive coordinator John Lovett, and Rover/Whips Linebackers coach Thielen Smith are no longer with the staff.

"I appreciate the years of service these three men have given to me and our program," said Bowden. "All three were important reasons we defeated top 10 teams the last two years. They all represented Clemson University and our program well. But, philosophically, I have decided to go in another direction."

O'Cain had been on Clemson's staff since the 2001 Gator Bowl when he replaced West Virginia Head Coach Rodriguez. He was Clemson's quarterbacks coach from 2001-04, including his coordinator responsibilites in 2004. Lovett had been Clemson's defensive coordinator since 2002. Smith served as CLemson's defensive line coach from 1999-03 and was the rover/whips linebacker coach this past season

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