Clemson's Blackwell to coach Bulls LBs
"We are going to get him going immediately," coach Jim Leavitt said in a statement. "He is a great addition to our staff. He has a proven track record on the field and in recruiting. I have tremendous confidence in the assets he will bring to this program."
Blackwell, 37, has coached Clemson's linebackers since 2003, and spent three seasons in the same position at Pittsburgh before joining the Tigers. Clemson's defense ranked in the top 20 nationally in four major statistics: 10th in pass efficiency defense, 12th in pass defense, 13th in scoring defense and 18th in total defense. The Tigers have ranked in the top 25 in all four categories in each of the past four seasons. Blackwell was shifted to coach defensive tackles this spring after the Tigers brought in Kevin Steele as defensive coordinator.
Blackwell will earn $160,000 at USF, which will likely make him the Bulls' second-highest paid assistant behind new defensive coordinator Joe Tresey, who will earn $190,000.