As TheClemsonInsider.com first reported on Sunday Oklahoma Defensive coordinator Brent Venables will be the new defensive coordinator for the Tigers. Venables brings an impressive resume to Clemson along with a passion for football. His personality will fit very well with coach Swinney and coach Morris.
The Salina, Kansas native played his college football at Kansas State where he graduated in 1992.
Venables began his coaching career as a Graduate Assistant for Kansas State. From 1993-95 he served in that role. In 1996 he became the linebackers coach at Kansas State. He served one year in 1998 as the run game coordinator.
In 1999 Venables joined the staff at Oklahoma as the co-defensive coordinator and linebackers coach. In 2004 he took control of the defense as defensive coordinator and has served in that role since.
Since taking control of the defense Venables has led
– In 2004 Oklahoma ranked No. 11 in the nation in scoring and rushing defense and No. 13 in total defense.
– In 2005 Oklahoma ranked No. 4 nationally in rushing defense and No. 13 in total defense.
– In 2006 Venables was a Broyles finalist as Oklahoma ranked No. 16 nationally in total defense, No. 16 in rushing defense and No. 6 in takeaways.
– In 2007 Oklahoma’s defense ranked No 5 nationally in scoring and No. 19 in total defense.
– In 2008 the Sooner’s defense ranked No. 4 nationally in sacks and No. 20 in rushing defense.
– In 2009 Oklahoma ranked No. 7 nationally in both scoring defense and total defense.
– In 2010 Oklahoma ranked No. 13 nationally in pass efficiency, No. 7 in tackles and No. 7 in turnover margin.
Coach Venables put a number of players in the NFL. Venables coached twelve NFL Draft picks and four NFL free agents. He has coached five Big 12 defensive players of the year, two Butkus Award winners and two Butkus award finalists.
Venables was joined by his wife on his visit to Clemson last weekend. Brent and his wife Julie have four children Jake, Tyler, Laney and Addie.
SoonerFans.com publisher Phil Owens told TheClemsonInsider.com what type of coach Clemson will get with coach Venables.
“They will be getting a real good defensive coordinator. Everyone around here is used to having him around and he is kind of a whipping boy at times, but he is a great defensive coach,” said Owens.
Clemson will also add another top recruiter to the staff.
“He is a helluva recruiter. That will hurt Oklahoma pretty quickly. He is definitely one of the top recruiters on the staff,” said Owens.