Scott steps down as offensive line coach

Brad Scott

CLEMSON -- After helping Clemson to one of its all-time great recruiting classes, Brad Scott is stepping down as offensive line coach.

Clemson officially announced Wednesday that Pageland native Robbie Caldwell will take over as offensive line coach, with Scott moving to an administrative role.

Caldwell, the former Vanderbilt head coach, has 30 years of coaching experience, making stops at North Carolina, Furman and N.C. State.

"Robbie Caldwell is a great fit for Clemson, our players and our coaching staff," said Swinney.

"He is very similar to Brad Scott in a number of ways, and it should be a good transition for our players. It is a good time for a change from the standpoint that we have four returning starters on the offensive line."

Scott joined the Clemson staff in 1999 after five years as the head coach at South Carolina. His 12 years at Clemson is the ninth-longest tenure by an assistant. Scott had come under criticism by many fans for the line's performance over the last several seasons.

"Coach Scott came to me in December to talk about his desire to transition out of coaching and into administration," said Swinney.

"After a few meetings I could see he was serious about this career move. I am pleased that he will remain with us in some capacity and will continue to be an asset to our program.

"He certainly went out on top in this recruiting season," Swinney said.

"He is the reason we have two (Sammy Watkins, Mike Bellamy) of our three five-star signees from the state of Florida."