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Report: Venables-to-Clemson rumors heat up, decision coming soon

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Despite the general feeling from the Oklahoma camp that defensive coordinator Brent Venables will stay to once again share the coordinator title with Mike Stoopsor, perhaps that’s just what OU wants us to believe — rumors connecting Venables to another job continue to fly.

Specifically, Venables has been linked to the open gig at Clemson with the news that Kevin Steele won’t return as DC. According to Dave Sittler of the Tulsa World, the Tigers aren’t looking to interview Venables; instead, they just want him to take the job, period.

“He is visiting with them,” a source said. “He’s not interviewing. They’re trying to get him.”

The sources couldn’t confirm reports that also had Venables meeting Friday night in San Antonio with Clemson coach Dabo Swinney before flying to the school Saturday.

It is known that Venables left Norman on Friday afternoon on what coach Bob Stoops said was a recruiting trip.

Clemson coach Dabo Swinney had already made it known in a press conference that he had reached out to Venables. If Venables took the job with Clemson, they could reportedly pay him at least twice what he makes with the Sooners ($440,000). That could be more of an incentive for Venables than simply having to share the DC title with Stoops, which according to Sittler’s Twitter account, isn’t that big of a deal.

Regardless, a decision from Venables is expected by Sunday.

Wherever he ends up, it won’t be West Virginia. Venables did have an offer from the Mountaineers to replace Jeff Casteel, but has taken his name from consideration.

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7 Responses to “Report: Venables-to-Clemson rumors heat up, decision coming soon”
  1. lonewolf330 says: Jan 14, 2012 6:27 PM

    that would actually be a great get for Clemson

  2. txn4sooners says: Jan 14, 2012 7:01 PM

    This would be good for both Venables and OU. He should take the money and run. On the other hand I don’t know why he wouldn’t want to go to WVa…unless it would be uncomfortable as an inter-conference rival to the Sooners.

  3. mrslay1 says: Jan 14, 2012 7:04 PM

    Would be a good hire for Clemson. They certainly need help. And who wants to play second fiddle to crybaby Stoops. Bad move for Oklahama, but not many care:-)

  4. irishjackmp says: Jan 15, 2012 10:41 AM

    There is no way Stoops brother coming back can be looked at as anything but a demotion for Venables.

    Let’s face it, he’d be going from the coordinator to co-coordinator (with the head coaches brother no less), so you know who is going to win those disagreements.

    Your employer wants to demote you and a different employer wants to double your salary, it seems like a no-brainer to leave.

  5. burntorangehorn says: Jan 15, 2012 11:41 AM

    WVU would have been a case of Venables’ sharing the DC position with someone, just like he would if he were to remain at OU. I don’t think it would’ve made sense unless he really just resents what he perceives as the Bob/Mike dynamic that he thinks would leave him out in the cold.

    Clemson, on the other hand, would be quite the landing spot. Having locked up their OC for the long term, getting a quality DC like Venables would give them coordinators who can maximize that elite talent they’ve recruited on both sides of the ball. Clemson isn’t the kind of school you’d expect to be able to put together that kind of coaching staff these days, especially since Swinney’s such a relative newbie as a HC, but they’re really looking good. I’d buy stock if it were available.

  6. normtide says: Jan 15, 2012 3:45 PM

    The ACC needs to get more defensive. They share much of the same footprint as the SEC, would be smart to follow the SEC’s blueprint. In fact, they have a great media and recruiting market. They just do not have the same football ideology that we have. Start playing defense, and you will shed that “wine and cheese” crowd.

  7. burntorangehorn says: Jan 16, 2012 12:12 AM

    What’s wrong with wine and cheese? Misguided faux-populism much?

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