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Bowden won't take over offense

12/6/2004 - Clemson Tigers

CLEMSON, S.C. -- Clemson coach Tommy Bowden fired three
assistant coaches, including offensive coordinator Mike O'Cain and
defensive coordinator John Lovett.

Thielen Smith, a linebackers coach who had been with Bowden for
eight seasons, also was let go, Bowden said Monday.

O'Cain, the former North Carolina State coach, had been with the
Tigers for four seasons, although this was his first as offensive
coordinator.

Lovett finished his third season leading Clemson's defense.

The next offensive coordinator would be Bowden's fourth since
arriving at Clemson before the 1999 season. O'Cain, who also worked
with the quarterbacks, was given the offensive coordinator duties
last winter.

Bowden, known for his background in offense, said he would not
take over coordinator duties.