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Clemson offensive coordinator Brandon Streeter is reportedly targeting UCLA’s Garrett Riley

Clemson The school fired offensive coordinator Brandon Streeter, Thursday afternoon. the tigers target TCU Offensive coordinator Garrett Riley to succeed Streeter, the athleteReporting by Matt Fortuna. Larry Williams In Tigers Illustrated he was the first to report on Riley as a candidate.

  • Riley, brother USC Head coach Lincoln Riley, recently completed his first season at TCU. The Horned Frogs advanced to the College Football Playoff before losing to Georgia in the National Championship game.
  • TCU ranked 27th in total offense (455.0 ypg) but 14th in yards per game (6.69). They are tied for ninth in scoring at 38.8 points per game.
  • Riley previously spent two years working for Sonny Dykes as the offensive coordinator at Newcastle United SMU.

background story

Streeter has served under Dabo Sweeney since December 2014 as the quarterbacks coach for the Tigers. He spent the 2020 and 2021 seasons as Clemson’s passing game coordinator before being named offensive coordinator by Sweeney prior to the 2021 Cheez-It Bowl to replace Tony Elliott, now Virginia’s head coach. He played quarterback at Clemson from 1997 until 1999.

At the time Sweeney promoted Streeter and defensive coordinator Wes Goodwin, both internal staff, he said decisions took “30 seconds.”

Clemson ranked No. 48 nationally in total offense in 2022, but was 72nd in yards per game. The Tigers were ranked No. 99 nationally in 2021 under Elliott, No. 10 in 2020, No. 5 in 2019, No. 3 in 2018, No. 38 in 2017, No. 12 in 2016, and No. 11 in 2015.

Streeter has been praised for his work with Clemson quarterbacks Deshaun Watson and Trevor Lawrence, both of whom won national championships with the Tigers. But DJ Uiagalelei He struggled throughout his tenure with the Tigers, finishing the 2021 season with more interceptions (10) than touchdowns (nine) and a 61.9 percent completion percentage in 2022 that ranks eighth of 12 in the ACC.

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The Compensation Committee of the Clemson Board of Trustees will hold a meeting on Friday. On the agenda is the “football assistant coach contract”.

the athleteInstant Analysis:

Was this the right move?

Clemson’s offense was desperate for a reset this offseason from an X and O standpoint, which explains Swinney’s decision – in part. If the Tigers want to get back to being regulars in the college football playoff, their scheme definitely needs an upgrade. But Swinney is also known for his loyalty and affinity for insider pitching, which makes the move all the more surprising, considering Streeter has only been in the role for one season. Plus, before Streeter was promoted, Sweeney knew exactly what he was getting in a coach he’d been with for the past eight seasons. Expecting Streeter to completely change the Tigers’ fortunes from 2021 was probably unrealistic.

Streeter is a solid recruiter and has done an excellent job with Watson and Lawrence. But in the end, it was just too hard to ignore how predictable Clemson’s offense has become in 2022, and how hard Uiagalelei, a five-star prospect, has struggled. The Tigers also gave up the race in smithereens against them South Carolina And Tennesseeand eventually lost both games.

The move probably wasn’t an easy move for the sometimes stubborn Sweeney, who would signal to college football that he’s serious about Clemson catching up again. – Raynor

The Riley effect

That Sweeney hire Riley – if indeed he is the option – shows just how serious he is about getting his offense back on track. His relationship with Streeter goes back years, and there is no doubt that letting him go was tough. But as Sweeney said in his statement, he is responsible for Clemson’s personnel and the Tigers’ results.

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An adept on TCU’s offense, Riley has proven he can take on a team that may not have had as much talent and plan for a national championship run. Imagine what he would do with Clemson’s four and five star recruits?

what are they saying

Sweeney issued the following statement:

“I am incredibly appreciative of Brandon for everything he has accomplished at Clemson in his 15 years as a player, graduate assistant, situational coach, and offensive coordinator. I am grateful to and love Brandon and his family. He has always represented Clemson University with great pride, and I know he will continue to do great things.”

“As the leader of this program, I am accountable for our people and accountable for our results, and even though we took a step forward offensively in 2022, after evaluating our offense in depth, I felt it was in the best interest of our program to seek new leadership in this position. These decisions are never easy. , But my job is to evaluate and evaluate every part of our program every year, and this was the time to make a change.

“I look forward to bringing in a dynamic and proven leader in offensive coordinator with the specific purpose of meeting – and raising – the bar of excellence that has been set at Clemson. I believe deeply in our staff and the youth in our program and am excited at the opportunity to see them grow even further in 2023.”

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