Bowl loss, 6-7 season lead to staff shakeups for Clemson
Clemson's 31-26 loss to South Florida in the Meineke Car Care Bowl gave Clemson its first sub-.500 record in over a decade. After that, change was inevitable.
Dabo Swinney fired offensive coordinator Billy Napier and running backs coach/special teams coordinator Andre Powell just days after the loss and immediately began to search for new coaches.
Although it's hard to argue with either decision, it's also easy to see why each coach struggled with their respective assignments this season.
Swinney was constantly meddling with Napier's offense in an attempt to add a spread dimension to Napier's pro-style attack. Napier tried to incorporate both schools of thought into the offense, but it simply led to the Tigers lacking an offensive identity.
Clemson lost its best running back, Andre Ellington midway through the season, and this led not only to the demise of the running game, but to the demise of the entire offense.
This situation forced the Tigers to rely on Jamie Harper at tailback. While he was successful at times, Harper was ineffective for the most part. Apparently if a running back can't perform well enough, the running backs coach is to blame.
The defensive staff then took a hit when defensive ends coach Chris Rumph left to take the same position (with a substantial pay increase) at Alabama.
Tulsa offensive coordinator Chad Morris and TCU offensive coordinator Justin Fuente are among the top candidates to replace Napier.