More changes to Clemson's staff

Former Clemson offensive line coach Brad Scott has retired from coaching and former Vanderbilt coach Robbie Caldwell has been hired as his replacement.

This is a great hire for Clemson, and an important piece to the offensive puzzle.

Caldwell has 33 years experience in college coaching, including stints at Furman (1978-85), NC State (1986-99), North Carolina (2000-01) and Vanderbilt (2002-10). He served as Vanderbilt’s head coach this past season after eight years as offensive line coach with the Commodores.

“Robbie Caldwell is a great fit for Clemson, our players and our coaching staff,” coach Dabo Swinney said in a prepared statement. “He is very similar to Coach Brad Scott in a number of ways and it should be a good transition for our players. It is a good time for a change from the standpoint that we have four returning starters in the offensive line.

“Robbie is one of the most respected coaches in the business. He is a proven offensive line coach and recruiter. He has 30 years of coaching experience and has developed some outstanding players over the years.

“He is a native of South Carolina who had a great career as a player and a coach at Furman. He knows this state and will be an asset to us in recruiting this area. We are pleased to have him join our staff.”

Scott will move into an administrative area within the Clemson athletic department, working primarily with the football office.