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Three Clemson Football Coaches Released

Dec. 6, 2004

Clemson Head Coach Football Tommy Bowden has announced that three members of his 2004 coaching staff have been released. Offensive Coordinator Mike O’Cain, Defensive Coordinator John Lovett and Rover/Whips Linebacker Coach Thielen Smith are no longer with the staff.

“I appreciate the years of service these three men have given to me and our program,” said Bowden. “All three were important reasons we defeated three top 10 teams the last two years. They all represented Clemson University and our program well. But, philosophically, I have decided to go in another direction.”

O’Cain had been on Clemson’s staff since the 2001 Gator Bowl when he replaced current West Virginia Head coach Rich Rodriquez. He was Clemson’s quarterbacks coach from 2001-04, including his coordinator responsibilities in 2004. Lovett had been Clemson’s defensive coordinator and defensive backs coach since 2002. Smith served as Clemson’s defensive line coach from 1999-03 and was the rover/whips linebacker coach this past season.