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Thursday, January 1, 2009
Steele headed to Clemson after Sugar Bowl

By ESPN.com staff
ESPN.com

Posted by ESPN.com's Chris Low

It's been in the works now for a couple of weeks, but it appears that Kevin Steele's move from Alabama to Clemson is imminent.

New Clemson coach Dabo Swinney is expected to announce on Saturday that Steele will be his defensive coordinator next season. Steele has been with Nick Saban for the last two seasons on the Alabama staff. He was the defensive coordinator in 2007 and had his title changed to defensive head coach this season.

Kirby Smart was named the Crimson Tide's defensive coordinator this season, and Nick Saban is also heavily involved in coordinating the Alabama defense.

At Clemson, it will be Steele's defense. He'll coordinate the defense and make all the calls. He's also expected to receive a raise from the $360,000 he was paid at Alabama this season.

Ironically, Steele will take over at Clemson after his longtime friend, former Tennessee defensive coordinator John Chavis, declined the Tigers' overtures and instead agreed to become the defensive coordinator at LSU. Steele and Chavis go back to their high school days together in Dillon, S.C.