Originally created 02/09/02

Clemson announces defensive coaching assignments



CLEMSON, S.C. -- Coach Tommy Bowden has announced Clemson's defensive coaching assignments for the 2002 season.

Defensive coordinator John Lovett, who was hired last week, will coach the secondary. Jack Hines, secondary coach for the past three seasons, will now coach the linebackers.

Theilen Smith remains the defensive line coach and Rodney Allison will stay with the defensive ends, jobs the two men have held the past three seasons.

Bowden said he's not worried about Hines changing positions because he coached linebackers at Auburn for three years under Bowden's brother, Terry.

"Auburn went on to win 10 games in 1997 and played in the SEC championship game," Tommy Bowden said.

Clemson, who finished eight in the Atlantic Coast Conference in scoring defense last year allowing 28.5 points per game, will have 19 of its top 22 defensive players returning next season, Bowden said.

The shake-up on defense was caused by Reggie Herring's decision to become defensive coordinator at Ole Miss.