CLEMSON -- The search for an offensive coordinator continues to move forward at Clemson, with the program hoping to have a coach in place by the beginning of next week.
Texas Christian co-offensive coordinator Justin Fuente emerged as the second candidate for the position earlier this week, and is believed to be following Tulsa's Chad Morris as the next to interview with coach Dabo Swinney.
Morris interviewed well earlier in the week and is thought to be the leading candidate. Both candidates run spread offenses and are also of interest to Oklahoma State.
Fuente is also the quarterbacks coach at TCU and helped develop Andy Dalton into a mid-round NFL draft prospect, which appeals to Swinney. Fuente is a Tulsa native, and has also been the offensive coordinator at Illinois State.
Swinney hopes to discuss the position with at least three candidates.
Former Maryland coach Ralph Friedgen expressed interest in the position earlier in the week, but it's unclear if Swinney plans on discussing the position with the veteran coach.
Picking up a Hobby?
Reports Thursday had Duke defensive coordinator Marion Hobby accepting the vacant defensive ends coaching position at Clemson, but Duke coach David Cutcliffe said Hobby was still at Duke to his knowledge. Hobby has been on the Clemson staff before, working under Tommy Bowden in 2005.
After Clemson's offensive staff shakeup following a losing season, some speculated Clemson's top commitment, five-star running back Mike Bellamy, might be having second thoughts. But Bellamy said he is committed to Clemson via a Facebook post Thursday.
Wrote Bellamy: "Ok just to hear it from me I will be at Clemson for college so there you have it."