Dabo Swinney is into day four of his search to fill the coaching vacancies on his staff created by the dismissals of offensive coordinator Billy Napier and running back coach Andre Powell and most recently the departure of defensive ends coach Chris Rumph to Alabama.
One Clemson fan Website is reporting that former Maryland head coach Ralph Friedgen has expressed interest in the offensive coordinator job. As of yet, it doesn’t appear Fridgen and Swinney have met to discuss the job.
Most indications continue to point to Tulsa offensive coordinator Chad Morris as the frontrunner for the coordinator post. However, Oklahoma State could also become a player here as the Cowboys are also in search of a new offensive coordinator.
TCU offensive coordinator Justin Fuente’s name has also emerged and he could interview with Swinney for the Tigers position in the next day or two.
As for the Defensive line coach, former Tigers D-lines coach Marion Hobby is one candidate that could be of interest to Swinney. Hobby is currently at Duke where he is the defensive coordinator and assistant head coach. Oddly enough it was Rumph who replaced Hobby in 2005 after Hobby left Clemson to take a job with the Saints.
Further down the coaching carousel, former Clemson assistant Rich Rodriguez is out at Michigan. Stanford’s Jim Harbaugh and LSU’s Les Miles are two names being mentioned as potential candidates. It appears Harbaugh is a long shot because indications are he prefers an NFL job. Miles declined to comment on the vacancy.
Meanwhile Former USC running back coach Robert Gillespie landed at West Virginia as the running game coordinator. Gillespie coached running backs at Oklahoma State this past season where Mountaineer head-coach-in-waiting Dana Holgerson was the offensive coordinator.