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Bowden Announces Football Staff Assignments

December 11, 1998

CLEMSON, S.C. – Clemson Head Coach Tommy Bowden has announced his staff assignments for the 1999 season. Bowden’s first staff will have five offensive coaches and four defensive coaches. Two members of the staff will carry an assistant head coach title.

Rich Rodriguez, who accepted a position on Wednesday, will be assistant head coach, offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coached. He served in this capacity under Bowden at Tulane this past season.

Former South Carolina Head Coach Brad Scott will also have the assistant head coach title and mentor the tight ends. Rick Stockstill, who has coached at Clemson since 1989 and is now serving under his fourth Tiger head coach, will be the recruiting coordintor and wide receivers coach. Stockstill coached Clemson’s wide receivers last year.

Burton Burns will coach the running backs and Ron West will coach the offensive line. Both served under Bowden in the same capacity at Tulane the last two years.

The defensive side of the ball will be coordinated by Reggie Herring, who will coach the inside linebackers. He has been Clemson’s defensive coordinator each of the last two years and both seasons Clemson ranked in the top 25 in the nation in total defense.

Jack Hines, who comes to Clemson from Auburn, will coach the defensive backs, while Rodney Allison, also a former Auburn assistant, will guide the outside linebackers. Thielen Smith will coach the defensive line, a capacity he served under Bowden at Tulane this past season.

“I am very pleased with this staff and the delegation of responsibilities,” said Bowden, who has been on the job just over a week. “We have two former head coaches on our staff in Rich Rodriguez and Brad Scott. I will benefit from their resources in all phases of the coaching profession. With their level of experience it is appropriate for both of them to carry the assistant head coach title.

“Rich is an outstanding offensive coordinator. We are similar in our philosophy and approach to the game. Reggie has done an outstanding job with the Clemson defense as coordinator the last two seasons. We felt it was important to keep continuity on the defensive side.

“Rick Stockstill has been a top recruiter for Clemson for many years. His knowledge of Clemson University, the state of South Carolina and surrounding states will certainly be important in our recruiting.”

Clemson 1999 Coaching Staff

Rich Rodriguez, assistant head coach, offensive coordinator, quarterbacksBrad Scott, assistant head coach, tight endsRick Stockstill, recruiting coordinator, wide receiversRon West, offensive lineBurton Burns, running backsReggie Herring, defensive coordinator, inside linebackersRodney Allison, outside linebackersJack Hines, defensive backsThielen Smith, defensive line