Report: Clemson DC Brent Venables responds as rumors about SEC jobs swirl

Clemson defensive coordinator Brent Venables is reportedly a wanted man.

He’s wanted for his skills as a coach, and has been linked to the openings at Mississippi State and Arkansas over the past few days.

Nobody could blame those schools for their interest. He shut out an impressive Ohio State team in the College Football Playoff Semifinal and won the Broyles Award last season as the nation’s top assistant coach.

He recently responded to the reports he might move when he spoke Wednesday with Grace Raynor of The Post & Courier.

“Well, because y’all bring it up, it’s annoying. I don’t hear about it otherwise on whatever’s out there because I just don’t spend any time focused on that and I’ve got a great job,” the 46-year-old said. “Again, I’ve said that many, many times and I’m very thankful and grateful for that. We’re in a great position, so why would I be worried about what’s on the other side of the fence? I’ve always felt that way — and if people have interest, that’s part of it. You either decide to listen or not. Right now, we’ve got a tremendous opportunity this week playing for a championship and my loyalty is to here and our players.”

He said a lot when he could have said fewer words, but bottom line is that Venables basically spewed the company line here. He’s not listening and is focused on the Tigers and the task at hand.

If he leaves, he’ll likely get a quality contract. His defense in 2016 had 130 tackles for loss and a school-record 49 sacks. Teams he has coached have led Division I in total tackles for loss in the past four seasons.

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