Dabo Swinney has built Clemson into a powerhouse over the last several seasons, thanks in part to the contributions of his defensive coordinator, Brent Venables. Venables has been at Clemson since 2012.
During his time with the Tigers, Venables has won the Broyles Award as the nation’s top assistant. He has also been rewarded with multiple contract extensions and a tremendous salary for a top assistant.
Venables’ name has been bandied about on multiple occasions as a potential head coaching candidate, but he seems to be pretty comfortable where he is. In fact, a new report suggests he resisted overtures from multiple programs this month.
According to FOX Sports’ Bruce Feldman, Venables was recently “pursued by at least two places” for vacant head coaching positions.
It's my understanding that Brent Venables was pursued by at least two places for HC vacancies this month but it's going to take a whole lot of get him to leave his situation at Clemson, which he really loves. https://t.co/37iWJbINoz
— Bruce Feldman (@BruceFeldmanCFB) December 11, 2018
Kansas State is Venables’ alma mater, and he also coached on Bill Snyder’s staff from 1993-98. It is unclear if KSU is one of the schools that showed interest in Venables.
The Wildcats officially hired North Dakota State head coach Chris Klieman yesterday.
Meanwhile, Venables and his Clemson defense are focused on Notre Dame. The Tigers take on the Fighting Irish in the Cotton Bowl on December 29, with the winner moving on to the College Football Championship game.
This is the fourth-straight year Clemson has reached the CFP, and they are looking for their third title game appearance in four seasons.