Clemson has hired Duke co-defensive coordinator Marion Hobby to serve as its defensive line coach, according to a report Saturday morning.
Duke coach David Cutcliffe told Durham Herald-Sun reporter Steve Wiseman that Hobby had accepted the Tigers’ offer on Saturday.
Hobby had been deliberating whether to join Clemson’s staff or remain at Duke because of loyalty to Cutcliffe. He had recruited for the Blue Devils the past two days, an indication he had yet to make up his mind.
He replaces Chris Rumph, who left the Tigers to take a similar position Tuesday at Alabama.
Hobby served as Clemson’s defensive line coach in 2005 before moving to the NFL’s New Orleans Saints for the next two seasons.
Yet he took several days to decide whether to return to the Tigers because of his close relationship with Cutcliffe. Hobby played at Tennessee when Cutcliffe was an assistant there in the late 1980s and then worked under Cutcliffe at Ole Miss for five seasons. Furthermore, Cutcliffe turned down a chance to go to Tennessee as coach because he would not have been allowed to bring his Duke staff with him.
Clemson coach Dabo Swinney has now filled one of three vacancies on his staff.
The Tigers are expected to fill their offensive coordinator vacancy soon as well, with Tulsa coordinator Chad Morris believed the front-runner. Once that spot is filled, the team will seek a replacement for fired running backs coach Andre’ Powell.
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