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Swinney fills lone hole in Clemson staff

Mike Reed

Nearly a month after losing  Charlie Harbison to Auburn, Dabo Swinney has found a replacement.

Clemson confirmed Friday that Mike Reed has been hired as the Tigers’ defensive backs coach.  Swinney cited Reed’s connection to Clemson’s conference as a big plus in the hire.

“I am exited to have Mike Reed join our staff,” said Swinney’s statement. “He brings the entire package. He is very familiar with our recruiting base. He is familiar with our players and he knows the ACC. He has had great success at NC State in terms of coaching All-ACC players and has significant experience coaching at the college and NFL level.

“I like the fact that he has worked for or played for some great coaches, people like Tom Coughlin, Tom O’Brien, Andy Reid and Jim Johnson. He is a very good fit for Clemson.”

Reed spent the past six seasons at North Carolina State as defensive backs coach.  Prior to that, he was an assistant with the Philadelphia Eagles from 2002-06.

(Photo credit: North Carolina State athletics)

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9 Responses to “Swinney fills lone hole in Clemson staff”
  1. floridacock says: Jan 5, 2013 9:02 AM

    Will still be 5 in a row next November!

  2. denverdude7 says: Jan 5, 2013 9:48 AM

    Although I have issues with the low class booing of President Obama during the cadets induction ceremonies by Clemson fans this past season I must give credit where credit is due.

    Dabo Swinney is a fine coach.

    Enjoy him while you can Tiger fans. Dabo will be moving up the food chain very soon.

  3. johnclaytonsponytail says: Jan 5, 2013 12:56 PM

    Clemson hangs their hat on a win against a hurt and under achieving LSU team that had the game in the bag without the horrible play calling at the end of the game. Not to mention the obvious crappy officiating by the big 10 refs. Good luck and wish we could have y’all on the schedule for the next couple years to right the ship.

  4. igottz5onit says: Jan 5, 2013 3:56 PM

    It very much seems like you are a crybaby johnclaytonsponytail.

  5. johnclaytonsponytail says: Jan 5, 2013 4:03 PM

    Not in the least. Just call it how I see it. They were gift wrapped a win. Congrats.

  6. igottz5onit says: Jan 5, 2013 4:08 PM

    You’re right! Very noble sentiment.

  7. floridacock says: Jan 5, 2013 5:09 PM

    Don’t get so excited about Dabo folks. Dabo is a good recruiter and a great cheerleader. His assistants coached them to the whipping of two teams with winning records, yes, that’s all, TWO!, during the regular season. LSU was a freak win.
    Dabo is not going anywhere unless he keeps losing to THE USC!.

  8. igottz5onit says: Jan 5, 2013 5:48 PM

    When was the last time Clemson even played Southern Cal?

  9. classyjacklambert says: Jan 7, 2013 12:14 PM

    I think he is talking about the university of south carolina, which is stupid because no one outside of South Carolina calls that USC let alone The USC but whatever helps him feel relevant still…

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