Clemson hires new defensive coordinator

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COLUMBIA — Clemson has landed Oklahoma’s Brent Venables to take over the Tigers defense.

Tigers coach Dabo Swinney texted The Associated Press with the news Wednesday night, “BV to Clemson.”

Venables will take over for Kevin Steele, who left Clemson last week with Swinney saying the two had philosophical differences. Venables visited Clemson last weekend. There were no details when Venables would arrive on campus to start working.

Venables had served as the Sooners defensive coordinator since 1999 and helped Oklahoma win a national championship in 2000.

The Tigers were 81st nationally at more than 29 points a game this year. The capper came in the Orange Bowl when the Atlantic Coast Conference champions gave up a bowl record 70 points in losing to West Virginia.

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Riverman1
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Riverman1 01/19/12 - 06:58 am
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Fix that defense and Clemson

Fix that defense and Clemson will be something this fall with all the returning freshmen. UGA next year. Watch out.

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justthefacts 01/19/12 - 07:00 am
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Don't let your mouth overload

Don't let your mouth overload your.............haha.

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Riverman1 01/19/12 - 07:06 am
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If I were ever starting to

If I were ever starting to brag the WV game cured me. Unfortunately, my boss is the bigggest WV fan there is and I still hear about the game. I had nightmares that night after the Orange Bowl.....Still ACC Champs with loads of freshmen.

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mastersfan 01/19/12 - 08:10 am
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If Georgia does not fire and

If Georgia does not fire and hire a new Offensive Coordinator they will be stumbling again to win games. The defense is finally up to par, but the offense is dismal.

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justthefacts 01/19/12 - 08:11 am
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The problem is you will

The problem is you will catching UGA with probably their strongest team in years in 2013. 4 yr starter at QB and loads of offensive talent with experience. The defense will be young. Probably be a great game. Hope we are still around to argue it.

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justthefacts 01/19/12 - 08:16 am
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Averaging well over 30 points

Averaging well over 30 points a game is hardly "dismal". Although sometimes, Bobo does cause some head scratching.

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rmwhitley 01/19/12 - 05:45 pm
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Mark Richt should have taken
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Mark Richt should have taken the opportunity to leave after this season. Unless he is at least 12 and 1 this season, he'll have it rough with fans and alumni. Weak schedule.

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