Chad Morris has the defensive coordinator already lined up and ready to announce as soon as his team is finished with their season which means it is probably Venables = home run hire.
Chad has been actively negotiating with several defensive coordinator’s agents and has mutual interest established with several but is waiting until after their seasons end to do the face to face interviewing process for each side to make its final decision.
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I keep thinking about the rumor that, when Morris was briefly a candidate for the A&M job, Venables was part of a package deal. They are close and both are very close to Dabo, so anything like this in the works, would not be announced until after Clemson had made its run for another national championship. My only hope for Venables is he may want to prove his case closer to his home if he wants to end up at Kansas State as a head coach someday. I know that is a slim hope but I like it.
Clay, I’m hearing Bob Trott. I’ve never heard of him, so I looked him up. He is the DC at JMU. They held their opponents to 9 pts a game this year, and are playing NDSU for the FCS NC. Apparently he was here and coached Atwater back in the 80’s.
Have you heard anything about this guy? I haven’t seen any of the news guys say any name but Chavis. I’m sure there are names we haven’t heard, can you or one of the others give the legitimate number of names you’ve heard?
It is not Venables. IF all of the buyout money is worked out, Chavis will be here. John Scott has the chance to be retained as the DL coach.
Bob Trott, who was mentioned by someone earlier is a former Hatfield hire that was DC after Fred Goldsmith left here I believe. Followed Hatfield to Clemson. He, like Chavis, are older. Of the two, you have Chavis because of relationships and name recognition in Louisiana, texas and SEC territory.
I would like for him to go speak to Oklahoma St. DC. or David Gibbs at Tech.
In forming my wish list, I would have preferred a person with stronger recruiting energy and younger, but just as important is the ability to bring in strong assistants. So, maybe with Chavis’s reputation and connections he would have the ability to bring in high quality position coaches who either know him or want to learn from him. If this is the outcome, then I think we will be fine.
I know Bob Trot. Arkansas fans should know him. He was on the Hatfield defensive staff in 84-89. The Hogs were pretty salty on defense in 88 and 89. He’s basically the same age as me. We were both born in 1954. Solid coach. Solid background.
I still think John Chavis is the leading candidate.