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Report: TCU's Garrett Riley to Be Hired as Clemson OC After Brandon Streeter Firing

Paul KasabianFeatured Columnist IIJanuary 12, 2023

FORT WORTH, TX - NOVEMBER 26: TCU offensive coordinator Garrett Riley looks on during warmups during the college football game between the Iowa State Cyclones and TCU Horned Frogs on November 26, 2022 at Amon G. Carter Stadium in Fort Worth, TX.  (Photo by Matthew Visinsky/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
Matthew Visinsky/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

Clemson is expected to bring aboard TCU offensive coordinator Garrett Riley for the same position after firing OC Brandon Streeter earlier Thursday.

Larry Williams of Tiger Illustrated and ESPN's Adam Rittenberg and Chris Low reported the news on Riley. The deal between Riley and Clemson could be finalized imminently, per Rittenberg.

Riley, who is the younger brother of USC head coach Lincoln Riley, just led an offensive unit for a TCU team that went 13-2 and made the national championship game. He also coached the quarterbacks.

The Horned Frogs averaged 38.8 points per game in 2022, good enough for ninth out of 131 Division FBS teams.

It was the 33-year-old Riley's first year in TCU after he spent the previous two seasons as SMU's offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach.

For his efforts, Riley won the Broyles Award, given to the nation's top assistant coach. It was a well-deserved honor after he helped turn around a TCU team that went 5-7 the year before and finished 66th in scoring.

On the flip side, Clemson's offense disappointed at times in 2022, finishing 30th in scoring (33.2 PPG). The Tigers notably scored just 14 points in blowout losses to Notre Dame (35-14) and Tennessee (31-14). The Orange Bowl loss to the Vols capped an 11-3 year.

Clemson's season followed a 2021 campaign in which the Tigers were 82nd in scoring while allowing the second-fewest points per game on defense.

The Tigers should be undergoing a big change in next year's offense. Starting quarterback DJ Uiagalelei has transferred to Oregon State, leaving Cade Klubnik in charge of running the offense.

Klubnik, a 247Sports 5-star prospect entering his sophomore season, could flourish under Riley's tutelage if the new OC's work with TCU signal-caller Max Duggan is any indication. Duggan threw for 32 touchdowns (eight interceptions) and 3,698 yards last year while rushing for 423 yards and nine more scores.

Clemson will begin its 2023 campaign on Sept. 9 against Charleston Southern.