Clemson Tigers offensive coordinator Tony Elliott has emerged as the top candidate to be the Virginia Cavaliers’ next head coach, and a deal could be finalized as early as Wednesday, sources told ESPN.
Elliott arrived in Charlottesville, Virginia on Wednesday to meet with Virginia athletic director Carla Williams, sources told ESPN’s Andrea Adelson.
He met with Duke officials earlier this week about the Blue Devils’ head coaching job. A full-time member of Dabo Swinney’s squad since 2011, Elliott was the Tigers’ offensive coordinator on their 2016 and 2018 national championship teams. He was named the Broyles Award winner in 2017 as the best assistant coach of the country.
Elliott has been the Tigers’ main attacking player for the past seven seasons. He also coached tight ends and running backs during his time at Clemson.
Penn State defensive co-coordinator Anthony Poindexter, an All-American security guard in Virginia and former assistant there, told ESPN he is no longer a candidate to be his alma’s head coach. watch. He is completing his first year at Penn State.
“Timing is of the essence for both parties,” Poindexter wrote in a text message. “There will be a day, but I’m going to stay at Penn State. “
Elliott, who also served as Swinney’s assistant head coach, played Clemson and was selective when other schools chased him. He turned down the Tennessee head coach job last season and was also mentioned as part of the head coach positions in Auburn and South Carolina a year ago.
The Cavaliers are looking for a replacement for Bronco Mendenhall, who plans to step down as head coach after the Cavaliers bowl game.
If the deal between Virginia and Elliott is finalized, it means Swinney has reportedly lost both of his coordinators this year. Defensive coordinator Brent Venables was hired earlier this week as Oklahoma’s head coach. Sources told ESPN that Clemson’s senior defensive assistant, Wes Goodwin, is the big favorite to replace Venables in a coordinator / coordinator role and that an official announcement is expected on Friday.
Clemson quarterbacks coach Brandon Streeter should be heavily considered to replace Elliott as the Tigers’ offensive coordinator.