Tony Elliott and Dan Radakovich could be next to leave Clemson


Clemson offensive coordinator Tony Elliott works with tight end Will Blackston (43) during Tiger's spring training on Friday, March 5, 2021. Bart Boatwright / Special to The State

Clemson offensive coordinator Tony Elliott works with tight end Will Blackston (43) during Tiger’s spring training on Friday, March 5, 2021. Bart Boatwright / Special to The State

Special to the State

While several reports on Sunday night indicated that Brent Venables, Clemson Defensive Coordinator took the job of head football coach in Oklahoma, the Tigers are still in limbo.

Sporting director Dan Radakovich and offensive coordinator Tony Elliott could also move to new schools in the coming days, according to reports.

“The change is happening deep in Clemson,” Sports Illustrated senior editor Pat Forde said on Twitter on Sunday.

Elliott has been rumored to be vying for head coaching positions for several years, and this season is no different. After apparently being considered for the TCU head coach position last month, the Clemson graduate’s name was offered for vacancies at Virginia and Duke.

A source said Duke athletic director Nina King and associate athletic director Art Chase had come to Clemson to interview Elliott. Both like it, but the process is not yet near a finish line. Other potential candidates include Army Head Coach Jeff Monken and Texas A&M Defensive Coordinator Mike Elko, according to a source.

“Audience Tony Elliott is one of the top candidates for the job in Virginia, maybe # 1. Duke wants it too, ”according to Carl Reed via Twitter. Reed Reports for CBSSports.

Bronco Mendenhall left his position as head coach of the Cavaliers Friday, while David Cutcliffe and the Blue Devils agreed to separate each other November 28.

Despite some offensive challenges this season, Elliott has built strong units during his tenure as the offensive coordinator of the program. The 2018 and 2019 offenses were responsible for two of 22 650-point seasons in major college football history, while also making the Tigers the first school with consecutive 650-point seasons since Yale in 1888-89. The keeping of official NCAA records began in 1937.

“There’s a very good chance that Brent Venables (OU) and Tony Elliott (warming up in Virginia) have P5 jobs at the end of this cycle,” 247Sports national writer Chris Hummer said on Twitter. “This will be the first real overhaul that Dabo Swinney will have to manage. Done well, it’s a huge opportunity, especially on the offensive side of the ball.

Before moving on to the tight ends coach this season, Elliott led the running backs where Travis Etienne became the ACC’s all-time best running back and a two-time ACC player of the year. (2018-19), the first running back to do so since Mike Voight of North Carolina (1975-76).

On Friday, it was revealed that Radakovich is a favorite for the same position at the University of Miami.

Miami Herald reporter Barry Jackson said the Clemson’s athletic director’s name had appeared in ongoing Miami research for the new management of the sports department. The Hurricanes fired former athletic director Blake James in November after eight years leading the Hurricanes athletic department.

Sports Illustrated insider Ross Dellenger reported that Miami and Radakovich were meeting this weekend over the opening.

Radakovich first came to Clemson in 2012 after a six-year stint at Georgia Tech. He also has a history with Miami after graduating with an MBA from the school in 1982 and served there as director of athletic affairs a year later.

Clemson (9-3) is playing a 10-game winning season for the 10th consecutive year.

“Clemson’s stability over the past decade has been remarkable and has helped fuel his dynasty in football,” ESPN senior writer Adam Rittenberg wrote on social media on Sunday. “Could end soon with DC Brent Venables (Oklahoma), AD Dan Radakovich (Miami) and OC Tony Elliott (Duke / UVA but probably Duke) all up for grabs for other jobs. What a race this has been.

This story was originally published December 5, 2021 9:03 pm.

Alexis Cubit is primarily the Clemson sports reporter for The (Columbia) State newspaper. Before moving to South Carolina in 2021, she covered sports in high school for six years and received a first place award in the Sports Reporting category from the Texas Associated Press Editors in 2019. The California native received a BA in Journalism from Baylor University. in 2014.


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