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Clemson’s Tommy Bowden Announces Two Assistant Coach Hirings

December 4, 1998

CLEMSON, S.C. – Clemson head football coach Tommy Bowden announced on Friday afternoon that Rodney Allison and Brad Scott have joined the Tiger football program as assistant coaches. The titles of the two within the staff will be determined at a later date.

Allison comes to Clemson after working on the Auburn coaching staff for six seasons. Allison served as offensive coordinator during the 1997 and part of the 1998 seasons. He also worked with Auburn’s running backs throughout his six seasons at the SEC school. “Coach Allison is a very good recruiter and a very intense coach,” said Bowden.

Scott was the head coach at South Carolina the last five seasons. He led the Gamecocks to the school’s first bowl victory in history in his first season as head coach in 1994. The win came in the Carquest Bowl by a score of 24-21 over West Virginia.

Before arriving at South Carolina, Scott worked as an assistant coach at Florida State for 11 seasons. He was the recruiting coordinator for five years (1985-90) and offensive coordinator for four years (1990-93). “Taking this job, the first thing I needed to do was recruit the state of South Carolina,” said Bowden. “I would like to make the state of South Carolina the base of Clemson recruiting. This state has excellent coaching and the players that come out of this state are fairly advanced from a high school coaching standpoint.

“Brad has a tremendous relationship with high school coaches within this state. He’s done a good job with them the last five years and has been very successful in the state recruiting.”

RODNEY ALLISON Rodney Allison begins his first year at Clemson after serving on the Auburn football staff the last six years. At Auburn since 1993, Allison coached the Tiger running backs and prior to the 1996 Independence Bowl was named the team’s offensive coordinator. He served in that capacity during the 1997 and part of the 1998 seasons.

In his first three seasons at Auburn, Allison coached three 1,000-yard rushers. In two of those seasons Auburn running backs led the SEC in rushing. James Bostic accomplished the feat in 1993, while Stephen Davis did it in 1994.

Allison came to Auburn from Southern Mississippi where he worked in various roles throughout five years with the Golden Eagle program. He coached the running backs during the 1988-89 campaigns and the quarterbacks in 1990-92. Allison took on the role of offensive coordinator for Southern Miss in 1991.

During his tenure at USM, Allison coached Brett Farve. Farve later went on to become the 1995 NFL MVP with the Green Bay Packers. Allison’s previous coaching experience came at Duke (1984-86) and Texas Tech (1979-83), his alma mater. At both schools he served as running backs coach. It was on Steve Sloan’s staff at Duke that he worked with current Clemson coach Tommy Bowden.

Initially at Texas Tech, Allison was a graduate assistant coach in 1979 before being promoted to running backs coach in 1980. As a quarterback for the Red Raiders, Allison enjoyed a successful career that included three bowl games. In 1977, Allison was nominated for the Heisman trophy. After earning his degree in 1978, he played one year with the Toronto Argonauts of the CFL.

Allison is married to the former Leigh Harris and the couple has two children (Sloan, 8 and Ashleigh Delle 6).


Education/Playing Experience: Texas Tech , 1978/Quarterback 1974-77

Professional Playing Experience: Toronto Argonauts (CFL), 1978

Coaching Experience:

1979 Texas Tech (Graduate Assistant) 1980-83 Texas Tech(Running Backs) 1984-86 Duke (Running Backs) 1988-92 So. Miss(Running Backs ’88-’89/QB’s ’90-’92/Off. Coord. ’91-’92) 1993-98Auburn (Running Backs/Offensive Coordinator ’97) Bowl Experience:1974 Peach Bowl (Texas Tech – Player) 1976 Bluebonnet Bowl (TexasTech – Player) 1977 Tangerine Bowl (Texas Tech – Player) 1988Independence Bowl (Southern Mississippi – Assistant Coach) 1990All-American Bowl (Southern Mississippi – Assistant Coach) 1996Outback Bowl (Auburn – Assistant Coach) 1996 Independence Bowl(Auburn – Assistant Coach) 1998 Peach Bowl (Auburn – AssistantCoach)

Personal: Born – January 29, 1956, Midland, TX Wife – Married to the former Leigh Harris Children – Sloan, 8; Ashleigh Delle, 6

BRAD SCOTT Brad Scott will enter his first season as a Clemson assistant coach after spending the last five seasons as head coach at South Carolina. In his first season at South Carolina in 1994, Scott led the Gamecocks to their first post season bowl victory in school history with a 24-21 win over West Virginia at the Carquest Bowl. The win climaxed a 7-5 season for the Gamecocks and for the first time in school history, a Gamecock football team won four road games. Before coming to South Carolina, Scott was a member of Bobby Bowden’s staff at Florida State for 11 years. While at Florida State, the Seminoles went 10-0-1 in bowls and with the win at the Carquest Bowl, Scott has never been on the losing side of a bowl game in his career. He joined the Seminole staff in 1983 and spent his last four years in Tallahassee as the offensive coordinator and offensive line coach. Those four seasons included FSU’s 1993 national championship season. Florida State posted a 44-6 (.880) record with Scott as offensive coordinator, which ranked as the most wins by a Division 1-A program during those four years. The Seminoles won four consecutive bowl games and finished ranked no lower than fourth in the nation during that span. Scott served as the FSU recruiting coordinator for five years (1985-90) where he built a reputation as a top notch recruiter. Two of his five recruiting classes (1985 and 1989) were ranked number one in the nation and Scott was responsible for building the nucleus of the 1993 national championship team.

Prior to joining the Seminole program, Scott was the head football coach and athletic director at DeSoto County High School in Arcadia, FL (1982-83). He was tabbed the conference coach of the year in 1982. It marked the second time Scott was a part of the DeSoto program as he began his football coaching career there in 1979 as an assistant coach. Scott spent the 1981-82 seasons as a graduate assistant coach on Art Baker’s staff at The Citadel. Before arriving in Charleston, Scott was an assistant coach at Hardee County High School in Wauchula, FL for two seasons (1980-81).

Scott is a 1979 graduate of South Florida where he received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Science Education. He received a Master of Science degree in Athletic Administration form Florida State in 1984. Scott and his wife, Daryle, have two sons: Jeff (17) and John (14).


Education: Earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Science Education from University of South Florida in 1979/Master of Science degree in Athletic Administration from Florida State in 1984 College

Head Coaching Experience: 23-32-1 in five seasons at South Carolina (1994-98)

Coaching Experience:

1979 DeSoto County High School; Arcadia, FL (Assistant Coach)1980-1981 Hardee County High School; Wauchula, FL (Assistant Coach)1981-1982 The Citadel (Graduate Assistant Coach) 1982-1983 DeSotoCounty High School; Arcadia, FL (Head Football Coach/ AD) 1983-1985Florida State (Graduate Assistant Coach) 1985-1990 Florida State(Recruiting Coordinator) 1990-1994 Florida State (OffensiveCoordinator/Offensive Line Coach)

Bowl Experience:

1983 Peach Bowl (Florida State – Graduate Assistant Coach) 1984Citrus Bowl (Florida State – Graduate Assistant Coach) 1985 GatorBowl (Florida State – Graduate Assistant Coach) 1986 All-AmericanBowl (Florida State – Assistant Coach) 1988 Fiesta Bowl (FloridaState – Assistant Coach) 1989 Sugar Bowl (Florida State – AssistantCoach) 1990 Fiesta Bowl (Florida State – Assistant Coach) 1990Blockbuster Bowl (Florida State – Assistant Coach) 1992 Cotton Bowl(Florida State – Assistant Coach) 1993 Orange Bowl (Florida State -Assistant Coach) 1994 Orange Bowl (Florida State – Assistant Coach)1995 Carquest Bowl (South Carolina – Head Coach)

Personal: Born – September 30, 1954 in Arcadia, FL Wife – Daryle Children – Jeff (17), John (14)