What a tough week for Dabo and the Tigers! Clemson has now lost both Broyles Award-winning coordinators, its AD, Thad Turnipseed and three 4-star defensive commits in 5 days! That's right, 4-star CB Daylen Everette withdrew his commit today. All 3 de-commits are on the same team at IMG Academy! Turnipseed, as most of you know, has been like a right-hand man for Dabo all these years. He is going with Venables to Oklahoma. My guess is that was probably with Dabo's blessing because BV needs Turnipseed's help more than Dabo does these days. As for Elliott, I'm a little surprised that he is taking the UVA job after turning down jobs in the past like Tennessee last year. If it were me, knowing the offense will be much better next season, I'd let my stock go back up and see if I can get a better offer, but maybe Tony just feels like it's now or never after seeing Venables leave days ago. Elliott was also pursued for the Duke job. The Tigers will not play UVA for at least the next three years during the regular season, and I'm sure that went into Tony's decision.
As for Tony's replacement, I expect Dabo to promote from within, as he has done so much in the past, and promote Brandon Streeter to Offensive Coordinator. Chad Morris is another possibility. Stay tuned for the latest as this story develops!
STATEMENT FROM DABO:
“I just can’t tell you how happy I am for Tony and Tamika and Ace and A.J. and also just how proud I am of Tony.
“Man, it’s really, really been an amazing journey for me to watch Tony since 2003. He was in my first receiver group — a captain. And I’m not quite old enough to be his dad but I look at him like a son. He really is special. I love him and his family with all my heart. I’m just so proud of him and all that he’s done since I hired him in 2011. And then obviously he had never called plays, and he’s leaving here as one of the best to do it. What he did from that bowl game in 2014 to now is just incredible.
“To see him now have a chance to go be the head coach at Virginia — like Brent [Venables] having the chance to go be the head coach at Oklahoma — it’s a blessing because I know what he’s going to bring. Those young men will be blessed by the way we do things here at Clemson. I have no doubt he’s going to be successful. And I’m super excited I’m still going to have a chance to interact with him on head coach calls, our ACC head coach meetings, etc.
“It’s good to see him move on and sad to see him move on, but it’s also exciting for new opportunity here as well.”