Sunday, January 2, 2011
Dabo Swinney fires two assistants, including OC
By Heather Dinich
Clemson offensive coordinator Billy Napier and running backs coach Andre Powell will not return next year, the school announced on Sunday. Napier served as Clemson’s offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach, while Powell served as running backs coach and special teams coordinator.
“I appreciate the hard work and dedication coach Napier and coach Powell put forth for this program,” Swinney said in a prepared statement. “They have had a positive impact on the lives of many young men in the Clemson program and I will do whatever I can to help both of them as they advance in their respective careers. They have always represented this program well.
“This was a difficult decision, one that was not made hastily. But, we must make significant improvement on the offensive side of the ball. I have to do what I believe is best for the program going forward, and make sure we don’t experience another season like the one we just had.”
Napier released the following statement:
“It is unfortunate that my time at Clemson has come to an end under these circumstances. I want to thank Coach Tommy Bowden and Coach Dabo Swinney for the opportunity they gave me to work at Clemson. I was blessed and am thankful for the interaction I had with so many great people.
“Clemson University is truly a special place. My wife Ali and I are thankful for our time here. I wish the current coaching staff, the support staff, the athletic administration and most of all the Clemson players the best of luck in the future.”