Questions about Kevin Steele’s performance as Clemson defensive coordinator certainly arose following the Tigers’ 70-33 Orange Bowl loss. The answer was given today, as Steele put out a release stating he was leaving CU per CBSSports.com. Thus far there is nothing to suggest Steele was forced out despite the Tigers’ overall underwhelming defensive showing this season. In its four losses, CU surrendered 31, 34, 37 and the aforementioned 70 points.
The possibilities to take over will begin cropping over the coming days, and Shakin’ The Southland gets the ball rolling on suggestions.
Clemson’s is the second high profile DC gig to open in as many days. Coincidentally, the Tigers’ Orange Bowl foe West Virginia said goodbye to long-time coordinator Jeff Casteel on Wednesday. Casteel brings high expectations to Arizona, per ZonaZealots.com, and leaves behind a lasting legacy at West Virginia per HailWV.com.
More links after the jump.
- Monday night’s BCS Championship game drew historically low TV ratings as reported via Los Angeles Times. But BamaHammer.com suggests the Tide’s defensive clinic was indicative of an Oscar-caliber performance that doesn’t fare as well at the box office as mindless dreck (Adam Sandler, Michael Bay: looking at you).
- Former Oregon State quarterback Ryan Katz is San Diego State-bound, reports The North County Times. SDSU added another Pac-12 transfer today in former USC WR Brice Butler, per The Orange County Register.
- With the season in the books, VictoryBellRings.com grades out the 2011 performances of each Big Ten Conference member.
- Time to start looking to 2012 with only 231 days left until kickoff. Crystal Ball Run examines a few early storylines.