Coach search: Clemson AD Terry Don Phillips seen in OKC; OU's Kevin Wilson denies contact, Brent Venables unavailable

By Jake Trotter Modified: November 12, 2008 at 10:19 am •  Published: November 12, 2008
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photo - A Clemson University plane, reportedly carrying athletic director Terry Don Phillips, sits outside a hangar at Wiley Post Airport on Tuesday. Photo by Bryan Terry, The Oklahoman
A Clemson University plane, reportedly carrying athletic director Terry Don Phillips, sits outside a hangar at Wiley Post Airport on Tuesday. Photo by Bryan Terry, The Oklahoman
Clemson athletic director Terry Don Phillips was back in Oklahoma on Tuesday. He landed at Wiley Post Airport about 5 p.m. in a private twin-turboprop registered to Clemson University, then hopped in a car and drove away.

Internet reports suggested that Phillips flew to Oklahoma City to interview either Oklahoma offensive coordinator Kevin Wilson or defensive coordinator Brent Venables for Clemson’s head-coaching vacancy.

Wilson said Tuesday night he has not spoken with anyone from Clemson.

"I’d like to say there was some truth, I’d love to say there was some truth to it,” Wilson said. "But I have not talked to anyone, as God is my witness.”

"Coach (Bob Stoops) came up to me today and said, ‘Hey, I’ve got some guys calling me. You would’ve told me, right?’ I said, ‘Yeah, I would’ve told you.’ ”

Venables, however, was not available for interviews after practice.

Sports information director Kenny Mossman said Venables went straight home after practice to be his with his wife, who gave birth to a girl last Friday, the couple’s third child.

Venables was mentioned as a candidate for the Clemson job in a report by Tom Dienhart of Rivals.com two weeks ago that cited unnamed sources.

"Everybody keeps throwing Brent’s name out there from time to time,” Wilson said. "But we don’t ever talk about it up (in the football office).”

Phillips, formerly athletic director at Oklahoma State before leaving for Clemson in 2002, fired head coach Tommy Bowden last month after the Tigers, with a preseason ranking in the Top 10, got off to a 3-3 start.



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