Oklahoma co-defensive coordinator Brent Venables Wednesday night formally accepted an offer from Clemson to become the Tigers’ new defensive coordinator.
The Tulsa World reported on its website Wednesday night that Venables had confirmed to it his decision to leave for Clemson. “Confirmed, Clemson,” Venables wrote to the paper in a text message.
Earlier Wednesday The Greenville News and CUTigers.com reported that the Clemson board of trustees had been asked to approve a contract for Venables who is expected to receive a richer deal than his predecessor Kevin Steele had. Steele was paid roughly 650-thousand dollars per season.
Venables has been at Oklahoma since 1999 and was the defensive play caller since 2003. But the return of Mike Stoops, brother of head coach Bob Stoops, as co-defensive coordinator and expected play caller, led to Venables looking for other opportunities. He and his wife visited Clemson last weekend. He also was offered the defensive coordinator’s job at West Virginia but turned it down.
An official announcement from Clemson is expected Friday.