January 12th, 2012 01:21 PM║ Posted By: John Pennington ║ Permalink
║ Schools: Tennessee
Tags: Clemson Steele, Dabo Swinney, Randy Shannon, UT
When Justin Wilcox announced he was leaving Tennessee for Washington, the first name connected to UT’s open defensive coordinator position was that of Kevin Steele. (And no, we don’t count Randy Shannon, because messageboards and Twitter connect him to every job in America that comes open.)
Steele is a Tennessee graduate and he has coached in Knoxville in the past. Derek Dooley tried to hire him away from Clemson when he first arrived at UT in 2010, to no avail.
The two talked about the current opening in Knoxville last week, but it was believed Steele passed on the opportunity to return home. He may have a different take on that now.
According to reports from Clemson websites — like TigerIllustrated.com, the Rivals site covering Clemson — Steele has been fired by Dabo Swinney. This after Swinney initially said he would make no staff changes this offseason.
If the report is true, then Steele could join Sal Sunseri (Alabama), Buddy Green (Navy) and Pat Narduzzi (Michigan State) as candidates at UT.
Steele’s defenses ranked 20th, 19th and 71st (this year) during his Clemson tenure. He joined the Tigers in 2009 after leaving Nick Saban’s staff at Alabama.
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