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OU football: Brent Venables visiting Clemson

BY TRAVIS HANEY, Staff Writer, thaney@opubco.com Modified: January 15, 2012 at 2:23 pm •  Published: January 15, 2012

That was the time in which Mike Stoops worked as Arizona’s head coach. Bob’s younger brother returned this past week to coach the secondary and again share the defensive chief role with Venables.

It’s unclear how Venables’ responsibilities would change if he did stay, although there’s more than a fair share of speculation that Mike Stoops would again be the principal decision-maker, since he was in the first go-round.

Both Mike and Bob Stoops have adamantly said the roles have not been defined.

Venables and Mike Stoops left Oklahoma City together Friday afternoon to recruit — something that was even indicated in the school’s release announcing Mike Stoops’ rehiring.

Mike Stoops was spotted Saturday night at the Thunder basketball game while Venables remained east.

The Tigers let their previous defensive coordinator, Kevin Steele, go despite the fact the team won its first ACC title and appeared in a BCS bowl. The problem was what happened once in the Orange Bowl, where West Virginia ran circles around Clemson in a 70-33 victory.

When the door came open, Venables was an instant target. He interviewed with Clemson athletic director Terry Don Phillips, previously at Oklahoma State, in 2008 for the head job that ultimately went to Dabo Swinney. Now Swinney is courting Venables.