The Texas Tech head coaching job is quickly becoming one of the most intriguing vacancies in college football. Among the many big name candidates for the job is Brent Venables, the Clemson defensive coordinator.
On Monday morning, following a report that he had spoken with Texas Tech AD Kirby Hocutt, Venables admitted to having spoken with Hocutt - a personal friend of his - but would not comment on any potential moves.
"Kirby and I, as everybody knows, were college teammates and fellow linebackers," Venables said, according to 247Sports. "We’re very, very good friends. I’ve talked to Kirby a lot, and I’ve talked to him recently. But that’s all I’ll say."
Venables added that he has no intentions of leveraging any interest from other schools in his services against Clemson.
"But I’ve got a great job. I’ve got great loyalty and appreciation for the people that are responsible for me being here, the players, coach Swinney, Dan Radakovich, our administration, our fellow coaches," Venables said. "I would never compromise the integrity of my job for other opportunities. Ever. Ever. That’s not who I am..."
Venables has been at the helm of Clemson's defense since 2012.
He has previous ties to the Big 12 though, having served as an assistant for Kansas State and Oklahoma.
However, Venables has yet to receive a head coaching job.