Venables denies accepting Clemson job

BETHANY, Okla. -- After flying back from Clemson, S.C., on Sunday night Brent Venables denied a report that he has accepted a job with the Tigers.

Beyond that, the Oklahoma co-defensive coordinator didn’t offer much.

Venables declined to comment about his trip to Clemson, whether he had been offered the defensive coordinator job there, or what his timetable was for making a decision.

Earlier Sunday, an independent Clemson fan site cited unnamed sources indicating that Venables had accepted the job and an announcement would be forthcoming this week.

The Tulsa World, however, reported that Clemson coach Dabo Swinney wants to interview former Miami Hurricanes head coach Randy Shannon before making a final decision.

Venables actually interviewed for the head job at Clemson in 2008 before the Tigers eventually settled on Swinney.

Venables has been with the Sooners since Bob Stoops was hired in 1999 and took over defensive coordinator in 2004 after Mike Stoops was hired by Arizona.

But since the Sooners brought Mike Stoops back to help run the defense, Venables has been entertaining offers from other schools, reportedly also talking with West Virginia about the defensive coordinator job there.

Before the Clemson visit, Venables actually went on a recruiting trip with Mike Stoops to Florida, then came back to Norman and flew to South Carolina.

Clemson is expected to offer a competitive salary to Venables, who made $440,000 plus incentive bonuses last season. It’s unclear how high the Tigers will go, but first-year offensive coordinator Chad Morris got a huge raise this season, going from a salary of $450,000 to $1.3 million.