The Orange Bowl debacle has cost Clemson defensive coordinator Kevin Steele his job. Eight days after his unit surrendered a bowl record 70 points to West Virginia Steele has been removed from his role on the Tigers staff. It will cost the school 1.5 million dollars to terminate the contract.
I have had a great experience at Clemson and feel good about what we have accomplished the last three years,” said Steele. “But, there are some other coaching opportunities I wish to pursue at this time.
“It has been rewarding to see this program grow to the point of winning Clemson’s first ACC Championship in 20 years. I want to thank the coaches and players who worked so hard these last three years. Clemson is a special place and I wish the program and the players continued success.”
Steele has been in charge of the Clemson defense for three seasons. His unit was ranked in the top 25 in each of his first two years, but slipped to 81st this season. Following the bowl game Tigers head coach Dabo Swinney said the unit preformed below standard all season and vowed to make the changes necessary to improve the unit.
“I want to thank Kevin Steele for his significant contributions to our program over the last three years,” said Head Coach Dabo Swinney. “He has had a huge impact on Clemson football. Our players have learned countless lessons from him on and off the field.
“Although we were inconsistent at times with a young defense this year, overall we have been one of the best defenses in the country the last three years under his direction. I thank him for his hard work and dedication to our program and wish him nothing but the best.”
Steele is a Dillon native. Last week was mentioned for the defensive coordinator vancacy at Tennessee, but now the Vols are moving in another direction.