Originally created 12/15/04

Clemson offers Byrnes coach job



Clemson has apparently offered one of its vacant assistant jobs to a South Carolina high school legend in the making.

Byrnes High coach Bobby Bentley has an offer on the table to become the Tigers' new quarterbacks coach, a source said Tuesday.

Bentley is mulling the offer and will let coach Tommy Bowden know one way or the other in the next couple of weeks, the source said.

Byrnes, which is located just outside of Spartanburg, has won three consecutive Class AAAA Division II championships. It has lost two games in three years.

The position at Clemson opened when Mike O'Cain, who was the Tigers' offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach, was fired Nov. 30 after the team's 6-5 season.

TENUTA ON THE MOVE? In Atlanta, Georgia Tech might be on the verge of losing defensive coordinator Jon Tenuta.

Tenuta has interviewed for the head football coaching job at Ohio University, several independent sources said Tuesday. Dave Braine, Georgia Tech's athletic director, confirmed the information when reached for comment.

Tenuta was among nearly a dozen candidates to interview at a Columbus, Ohio, hotel on Sunday, according to sources. Former Nebraska head coach Frank Solich interviewed as well.

The field will be narrowed later this week.

MARSHALL'S WILSON SUSPENDED: In Huntington, W.Va., linebacker Dionte Wilson has been suspended for the Fort Worth Bowl for an unspecified violation of team rules.

Wilson, a senior, ranked fourth on the team in tackles this season. Marshall (6-5) plays Cincinnati (6-5) on Dec. 23 in Fort Worth, Texas.

CHARGES DROPPED: In Madison, Wis., rape charges were dropped Tuesday against former Wisconsin running back Dwayne Smith and his friend after questions were raised about the credibility of the alleged victim.

A charge of second-degree sexual assault against Smith was reduced in Dane County Circuit Court to a charge of obstructing officers. Smith agreed to pay a $300 fine and court costs and complete 40 hours of community service.

SCHEDULE CHANGE: Current national No. 1 Southern Cal is on Arkansas' football schedule for 2005, and the matchup will cost Arkansas a home game.

The schedule also includes two games in Little Rock, on Oct. 8 against Louisiana-Monroe and Nov. 17 against Mississippi State. Athletic director Frank Broyles swapped the Mississippi State game with the Nov. 5 contest against South Carolina.