Clemson to hire TCU’s Jarrett Riley as offensive coordinator after Brandon Streeter was fired, according to reports

Clemson is set to hire TCU offensive coordinator Garrett Riley for the same position, according to multiple reports. Riley, 33, was awarded the Broyles Award as the top assistant coach in college football after helping lead the Horned Frogs to their first national championship appearance.

Riley helped oversee a turnaround at TCU as the Frogs jumped from 5-7 to 13-2 under first year head coach Sonny Dykes. The Horned Frogs moved from No. 65 to No. 9 in scoring thanks to Riley’s efforts as quarterback Max Duggan earned a trip to New York as a Heisman finalist.

Like his older brother, USC coach Lincoln Riley, Garrett has a long history of using the airstrike offense…but with a few wrinkles. Riley worked under his brother for two years as a graduate assistant before joining fellow Texan David Beatty at Kansas. He then spent a year learning the Appalachian State system with now Missouri State coach Eli Drinkowitz and was slated to take over play-calling duties under Sean Clark before being tapped by Dykes to lead offense at SMU to great success.

Hiring Riley is a departure for Clemson coach Dabo Sweeney, who has historically relied on internal candidates to fill vacancies. Former offensive coordinator Brandon Streeter — a longtime assistant and Clemson player — was fired Thursday just one year after earning the promotion from quarterbacks coach to linebacker. Former offensive coordinators Tony Elliott and Jeff Scott were also inside promotions. 247 sports It was reported that Scott would return to the program after being fired by South Florida, but Sweeney chose to go overseas to hire an offensive coordinator and limit Scott to an off-the-field role.

“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 interests of our program to seek new leadership in this position,” Sweeney said in a statement. statment. “These decisions are never easy, but my job is to evaluate and evaluate every part of our program every year, and this was the right time to make a change.”

Streeter was Clemson’s quarterbacks coach from 2015-21, which saw him develop stars like Deshaun Watson and Trevor Lawrence — both of whom were drafted in the first round of the NFL Draft. However, the offensive numbers dropped sharply in 2021 and were better – but not good enough – last season. The Tigers finished sixth in the ACC tournament in 2022 at 232.4 yards per game and ninth in yards per pass attempt (6.8).

Quarterback DJ Uiagalelei took the bulk of the blame for the Tigers’ inability to extend field deeply, and was eventually replaced by true freshman Cade Klubnik in the ACC Championship Game victory over North Carolina State. Clemson’s offensive struggles did not end at the quarterback position, however. Clemson’s top receiver, Antonio Williams, gained just 604 yards. This is a far cry from what Clemson produced in its glory days with studs like Amari Rodgers, Tee Higgins, and Justyn Ross. More troubling, though, is that Clemson has lost six games over the past two seasons, the worst two-year stretch since 2012.

Streeter’s dismissal is a 180-degree change from the typical methodology for a head coach. Sweeney was extremely loyal to his assistants, as well as himself Promoted by Wes Goodwin to take over defense after the departure of Brent Venables to take over the head coaching job at Oklahoma. This method dates back to 2014, when Jeff Scott and Tony Elliott were promoted to co-offensive coordinators when Chad Morris left to take over at SMU. When Scott and Elliott left to take the head coaching jobs, Streeter got his chance.

However, Swinney has a proven track record with external coordinator appointments. Morris was a Texas high school coaching legend with only a year of collegiate experience, but he helped turn the Tigers into a ten-win perennial program before taking the job at SMU. Venables was fired as defensive coordinator at Oklahoma, but joined Clemson and immediately established himself as one of the best assistants in football. He later returns to Norman in 2022 to replace Lincoln Riley.

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