Paul Rhoads, currently the DC/Secondary Coach at Auburn, has met with Swinney for the open position here. In 2008, Auburn was ranked 27th in Total Defense, 18th in Scoring, 22nd in Pass, and 52nd in Rush defense this season, though they had no help from their utterly pitiful offense. He was formerly the DC of Pittsburgh, where LB Coach David Blackwell came from. At Pitt, he consistently had good, but not great, defenses.
Still rumored about are Joe Kines (Texas A&M) and Ellis Johnson (SC), both former Clemson coaches. No word on John Chavis that I can find over the weekend, though he has said "I am absolutely interested" in the position. He is also up for the LSU job, with Tyrone Nix, D. Walker of UCLA (former Miles assistant), and Greg Robinson.
With Vic Koenning taking a Co-DC job at Kansas State along with Maryland DC Chris Cosh, do we need to worry about his targets for Clemson?
Koenning has said, in his parting potshots at Swinney, this:
"I'm ready to recruit now," Koenning told the Wichita Eagle. "I have a five-star recruit right here in South Carolina who is ready to go wherever I go."
The recruit in question is (4-star recruit) DE Sam Montgomery from Greenwood, who said today he was "honored" that Koenning was speaking of him but knows nothing of KSU.
Vic, he might've followed you to LSU, but I'll go out on a limb and say he will NOT go to Manhattan, Kansas. The only ones following you are your wife and kids. Who in their right mind would go to Kansas? Bill Snyder is only there long enough to right the ship, he's not putting in over 5 years at K. State.
Clemson Basketball unranked still...
At 9-0 we're ranked 27th by the AP, despite their #2 ranking in the RPI and 6th ranked SOS so far by Rivals.
Not that you can fault the pollsters, we've been historically a bad team. I predicted before the season that we'd be at the NIT/NCAA-Bubble team level, but having seen them play twice I think they will make it to the NCAA Tourney. I'd put us at 25 if it were up to me. Lets win @Miami and they'll definitely put us in.
I just have this sick feeling that one day Purnell will leave us for some place like Arizona or UConn, and I don't want to see us back to the level of Shyatt, which I had to see courtside for 4 years when I was there.
Proof that God hates Sakerlina...is here.
If this wasn't proof enough (from Chicken-Curse.com)
The final Coaches Poll ballot is available for public perusal, and Tommy Bowden had a vote.
Oh, and by the way, Stewart Mandel is still a prick.