Report: Clemson assistant coach Todd Bates is heading to Oklahoma
Clemson defensive tackles coach Todd Bates is moving to Oklahoma to coach for Brent Venables, according to multiple reports.
That news was first reported by Rivals’ TigerIllustrated and has since been confirmed by multiple other outlets. Per Larry Williams’ report, Bates will have the co-defensive coordinator title at Oklahoma.
Big news: Clemson defensive tackles coach Todd Bates is going to Oklahoma to be co-defensive coordinator. More coming shortly at https://t.co/pU2IPrM4aR
— Larry Williams (@LarryWilliamsTI) January 3, 2022
Bates had been at Clemson since the 2017 season. He held numerous roles for the Tigers in addition to his defensive line responsibilities, including recruiting coordinator and associate head coach.
He’s long been considered one of the best recruiters on Clemson’s staff. He also helped develop All-Americans such as Clelin Ferrell, Dexter Lawrence and Christian Wilkins.
Bates is the first full-time assistant coach that Venables has hired away from Clemson since taking the Oklahoma job.
According to The Athletic, Bates received a $200,000 raise and was given the assistant head coach title back in December. Clemson also promoted Wes Goodwin and Mickey Conn to co-defensive coordinator roles when it replaced Venables.