Clemson taps Bama's Steele for D

COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Clemson hired Alabama's Kevin Steele on Friday as defensive coordinator under coach Dabo Swinney.

Steele most recently served as head coach of the defense for the Crimson Tide, who were ranked No. 1 for much of the season and finished 12-2.

Steele has been on campus for several days. He sat with Swinney at Clemson's basketball game with Alabama on Tuesday night.

Steele replaces Vic Koenning, who left after four seasons to join Kansas State last month when Swinney would not guarantee his position beyond the Tigers' bowl game.

Steele also will coach the linebackers.