Clemson staffer Wesley Goodwin linked to potential co-defensive coordinator role with Tigers
Clemson defensive analyst Wesley Goodwin is reportedly a candidate to replace former defensive coordinator Brent Venables.
That’s per ESPN’s Chris Low, who reports Goodwin is being considered in a co-defensive coordinator role. Goodwin previously served as one of Clemson’s defensive assistants but was not a position coach.
Low also noted that Venables has attempted to bring Goodwin with him to Oklahoma.
Goodwin was with Bruce Arians in the NFL before coming back to @ClemsonFB. Brent Venables was interested in taking Goodwin with him to @OU_Football. https://t.co/L5GTqwqqmO
— Chris Low (@ClowESPN) December 8, 2021
Goodwin’s legend is growing in Clemson circles. According to lore, his film and analytics work has been a big reason why the Tigers have been so successful on defense in recent years. Here’s some of that chatter:
A name going around the Clemson forums is Wesley Goodwin.
Wes is basically the Clemson version of Erik Spoelstra.
Video analytics mastermind. Who knows every play before it happens.
BV stealing signs? No. He had Wesley Goodwin.@radioguyhouston
— Morgan Thomas (@TheMorganTShow) December 7, 2021
Based on Clemson forums, Wesley Goodwin is the potential successor of BV.
Goodwin seems to be the mastermind behind the scenes of the Clemson defense the past several years.
Never knew his name before this morning but it is quite intriguing, nonetheless.
— The ClemsonCast (@TheClemsonCast) December 7, 2021
Goodwin is the secret Dabo’s been hiding from us.
— Rocky Valley (@ClemsonColorado) December 7, 2021
Must say I am quite fascinated by the growing legend of Wes Goodwin.
— Dear Old Clemson (@DearOldClemson) December 7, 2021
Do y'all know who the on the field substitute was for Brent Venables if he got COVID for the past two years?
Wesley Goodwin pic.twitter.com/EuTVHvptx5
— Fifth Quarter Clemson (@FQClemson) December 7, 2021
Venables had been with Clemson since the 2012 season. He led the Tigers to four National Championship Games — and two victories — over his tenure.
Clemson will likely want to get its defensive coordinator set up sooner rather than later. Much of the 2022 recruiting cycle will come to a close next week when the Early Signing Period begins on Dec. 15.