Clemson fires offensive coordinator Brandon Streeter: source

Clemson has fired offensive coordinator Brandon Streeter, a source confirmed the athlete on Thursday afternoon. Here’s what you need to know:

  • Streeter has been the Tigers’ quarterbacks coach under Dabo Swinney since December 2014. He spent the 2020 and 2021 seasons as Clemson’s passing game coordinator before Swinney named him offensive coordinator ahead of the 2020 Cheez-It Bowl to replace Tony Elliott, now Virginia head coach. From 1997 to 1999 he played quarterback at Clemson.
  • At the time Swinney promoted Streeter and defensive coordinator Wes Goodwin, both internal hires, he said the decisions took “30 seconds.”
  • Clemson ranked 48th nationally in total offense in 2022, but only ranked 72nd in yards per game. The Tigers ranked #99 nationally under Elliott in 2021, #10 in 2020, #5 in 2019, #3 in 2018, #38 in 2017, #12 in 2016, and #11 in 2015.
  • Streeter has been praised for his work with Clemson quarterbacks Deshaun Watson and Trevor Lawrence, both of whom won national championships with the Tigers. But DJ Uiagalelei struggled throughout his tenure with the Tigers, ending the 2021 season with more interceptions (10) than touchdowns (nine) and a 61.9 percent completion percentage in 2022, ranking eighth of 12 in the ACC.
  • The Compensation Committee of Clemson’s Board of Trustees will hold a meeting on Friday. The “Soccer Assistant Coach Contract” is on the agenda.

the athlete‘s instant analysis:

Was that the right move?

Clemson’s offense was in dire need of a reset from an X and O standpoint this offseason, which partly explains Swinney’s decision. If the Tigers are to become regulars again in the college football playoffs, their plan certainly needs to be improved. But Swinney is also known for his loyalty and affinity for promotion from within, making the move more surprising considering Streeter was only in the role for one season. Plus, before he promoted Streeter, Swinney knew exactly what he was getting in a coach who’s been with him for the past eight seasons. Expecting Streeter to completely change the fortunes of the Tigers starting in 2021 was probably unrealistic.

Streeter is a strong recruiter and has done an excellent job with Watson and Lawrence. But ultimately, it was too hard to ignore how predictable Clemson’s offense was becoming in 2022 and how much Uiagalelei, a former five-star contender, was struggling. The Tigers also gave up the run in stages against South Carolina and Tennessee, eventually losing both games.

That move probably wasn’t an easy one for the sometimes stubborn Swinney, who could signal college football that it’s serious about Clemson catching up.

The Compensation Committee of the University Board of Trustees meets Friday for a “football assistant coaching contract.” It’s possible the Tigers already have their new OC up and running. —Raynor

(Photo: Michael Reaves/Getty Images) Clemson fires offensive coordinator Brandon Streeter: source

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