Clemson announces assistant coach deals

CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) Clemson has locked up defensive coordinator Brent Venables through 2018, the school announcing a new four-year contract with the head of the Tigers’ top-ranked D.

The school said Friday that Clemson’s eight other assistant coaches agreed to two-year deals, including new co-offensive coordinators Tony Elliott and Jeff Scott. Athletic spokesman Joe Galbraith said financial details about the contracts would not be available until Monday.

Clemson coach Dabo Swinney said it was important to keep his staff together. The lone defection off this year’s staff was offensive coordinator Chad Morris, who left to become SMU head coach. Elliott and Scott were each long-term members of the Tigers’ staff when they were promoted.

Venables’ defense held opponents to the fewest yards per game (260.8) in the country in a 10-3 season.