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Swinney parts ways with 2 assistant coaches

Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney announced on Thursday that the Tigers will not return two assistant coaches next season.

Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney made two significant staff changes on Thursday, as both offensive line coach Thomas Austin and defensive ends coach Lemanski Hall will not return to the Tigers’ coaching staff in 2024.

After two seasons of being the team’s offensive line coach, Austin will have to look elsewhere for employment after Swinney felt a switch was needed.

“Today, I made the difficult decision to seek new leadership for the offensive line,” Swinney said in a press release. “It is my responsibility as head coach to make difficult decisions that I believe are in the best interest of our football program and the young men that comprise it. After a few days of deep thought and evaluation, I believe this was a change we needed to make.

“I love Thomas and his entire family, and Thomas has been a great representative of Clemson University and Clemson Football in every role — as a player, as a support staff member and as a coach. On the field, he was one of the best Tigers we’ve had, and his role as a captain and as a great leader is immortalized in concrete at Tiger Walk outside Memorial Stadium. I know God has a great plan for his future.

“I’m incredibly excited about our group of offensive linemen which could have seven players who have started significant time for us, and I look forward to seeing them continue their growth.”

Unlike Austin, Hall gave a statement in the press release.

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