Clemson Football: What You Need to Know About Tigers' 2012 Coaching Staff

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Clemson Football: What You Need to Know About Tigers' 2012 Coaching Staff
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Behind every great head coach is a strong support system to back him up.

Alabama head coach Nick Saban, for example, has coaches like defensive coordinator Kirby Smart, and LSU head coach Les Miles has coaches like defensive coordinator John Chavis.

Well, Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney appears to have finally constructed the coaching staff he needs to succeed in the ACC and truly compete on the national level.

With the addition of Brent Venables as the new defensive coordinator, the Tigers now have the kind of coaching staff that will be pursued by opposing college programs. They are a staff that is gradually gaining more attention with Clemson's newfound success on the football field and in recruiting, having brought in two back-to-back top 10 recruiting classes, and possibly on the verge of bringing in a third.

On top of their improved play on the field and its recruiting prowess, what else should we know about this 2012 Tigers coaching staff?

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