Clemson hires Tony Elliott

Former Clemson receiver Tony Elliott has returned to the school as running backs coach. Elliott has spent the past three years as a wide receivers coach at Furman University.

Swinney was Elliott’s position coach in his senior season (2003). Elliott finished his career with 34 career receptions for 455 yards and two touchdowns. The original walk-on lettered four years (2000-03) and played in 44 career games, four as a starter. He graduated from Clemson in 2002.

Elliott entered the business world after his playing days were over at Clemson and worked with Michelin North America for two years. He returned to coaching in 2006 as an assistant at South Carolina State. He helped the Bulldogs to consecutive 7-4 seasons in 2006 and 2007. The 2006 team was 23rd in the nation in total offense.

Elliott became the wide receivers coach at Furman in 2008. He helped Furman to a 7-5 record his first year. In 2009 the Paladins ranked No. 20 in the nation in scoring offense and the team was 25th in scoring in 2010 under coach Bobby Lamb. Elliott had been retained by new Furman coach Bruce Fowler in December.