UT offers Clawson top offensive post
By: By Beth Rucker, Associated Press Writer
KNOXVILLE (AP) — An offer has been extended to Richmond coach Dave Clawson to become Tennessee’s next offensive coordinator, a Richmond spokesman said Thursday night.
Richmond sports information director Mike DeGeorge told The Associated Press an offer was made to Clawson, but he could not confirm that it was accepted. DeGeorge did not give details of the offer.
Reached by phone at home in Richmond late Thursday night, Clawson’s wife, Catherine, said he would not comment.
Tennessee athletic department spokeswoman Tiffany Carpenter said coach Phillip Fulmer told her earlier in the day he wasn’t planning on moving forward until today at the earliest. She couldn’t confirm if an offer had been made.
Richmond policy prohibits athletic department personnel from releasing information before an official announcement has been made, DeGeorge said.
“There’s been an offer, that’s all I can say,” DeGeorge told the AP.
Former Vols offensive coordinator David Cutcliffe left Tennessee to coach Duke after the Vols wrapped up their season with a 21-17 win over Wisconsin in the Jan. 1 Outback Bowl.
Clawson, 40, has spent four years coaching Richmond .
He led them to the Football Championship Subdivision semifinals this season, where they were defeated by eventual champion Appalachian State.
Fulmer recently had interviewed Clawson, former Michigan offensive coordinator Mike DeBord and former Michigan quarterbacks coach Scott Loeffler for the position.
DeBord and Loeffler were members of retiring coach Lloyd Carr’s staff who weren’t retained when Rich Rodriguez took over the program.
On Wednesday, Fulmer announced Florida assistant Stan Drayton would take over as Tennessee’s running backs coach.
Associated Press Writer Antonio Gonzalez in Nashville contributed to this report.