CLEMSON – Oklahoma defensive coordinator Brent Venables is visiting Clemson this weekend and appears to be the front-runner to fill the vacant defensive coordinator position at Clemson.

Venables has been the defensive coordinator at Oklahoma since 2004 but might have incentive to leave Oklahoma as Sooners coach Bob Stoops has hired his brother, Mike Stoops to be a co-defensive coordinator with Venables.

The position is Venables’ to accept or decline the Tulsa World reports.

According to, at least one Clemson recruit believes Venables will become Clemson’s next defensive coordinator.

Clemson coach Dabo Swinney said he is seeking a coordinator who has success defending spread offenses and mobile quarterbacks. Venables has seen a number of such offenses coaching in the Big 12.

Clemson announced Thursday Kevin Steele would not return as its defensive coordinator.

Steele’s buyout will be for $1.6 million according to a source. Steele made $675,000 last season.

Venables made $440,000 last season with the Sooners.