Originally created 01/08/97

Moody is fired by Tigers' West



CLEMSON, S.C. - Clemson coach Tommy West fired offensive coordinator Darrell Moody this weekend, ending a fractious, one-year experiment with the Tigers' attack.

"It was something that just didn't work out," Moody said by telephone from his home on Tuesday. "I'll tell you one thing though, I won't ever be a coordinator again unless I have control."

Moody, who came from North Carolina this past spring, said he accepted the job without knowing what position he would coach, then was told he would work with quarterbacks.

"Two days later," Moody said, "they told me I'd be the offensive coordinator. I had the title of offensive coordinator, but I was running the old Clemson offense."

Moody said the end came this weekend while he was attending a coaches' convention in Orlando, Fla. He went back to his hotel Saturday and had a message from West. Moody said that when he reached Clemson's coach, West told him he needed to start looking for another job.

West was out of his office Tuesday and only released a statement.

"I wish Darrell the best and appreciate the contributions he made to our program last year," West said. "The search for a replacement will begin immediately."

School spokesman Tim Bourret said West would discuss the firing in more detail later.

West also is looking for a replacement for defensive coordinator Ellis Johnson, who took the same position with Alabama last Thursday.

The Tigers have also lost star defensive lineman Trevor Pryce, a junior who chose to go the NFL after Clemson's 10-7 loss to LSU in the Peach Bowl.

Clyde Christensen and Rick Stockstill split the Tigers' offensive coordinators job in 1995. After Christensen left to take a job with the NFL's Tampa Bay Buccaneers, West tabbed Moody.

Clemson's offense fell to 334 yards a game this season from 379 in 1995. The Tigers had the country's fourth-best rushing game two years back at 259 yards a game, but only gained an average 195 on the ground this year.

Moody wanted more of a passing attack, but was hurt early when star receiver Antwuan Wyatt was kicked off the team after his arrest for marijuana possession. In the middle of the year, receiver Tony Horne was dismissed when he allegedly violated a university order to stay away from those involved with him in a September fight.

Clemson's offensive problems showed up in the Peach Bowl when the Tigers couldn't drive past LSU's 30. Their only touchdown came when Pryce caused a fumble at LSU's 10-yard line.

"I didn't ask (Tommy) for a reason," Moody said. "It's not anybody's fault. I wish Tommy luck. I like him, I think he's a good person. I hope things work out."