Clemson LB Kendall Joseph on Brent Venables rumors: ‘We know where his loyalty stands’

While it’s become somewhat of an annual occurrence, there have been a lot of rumors circling Clemson defensive coordinator Brent Venables once again this December.

But last week, Venables “basically gave his word” to a Clemson commit that he would be staying as defensive coordinator. Late in the week, junior linebacker Kendall Joseph was just as confident when asked about Venables staying at Clemson.

“You never know what’s true and what’s not, so you can’t just believe everything you see,” linebacker Kendall Joseph said according to Grace Raynor of The Post and Courier. “We’re not worried about it. We know where his loyalty stands, and if it changes, we would definitely know before everybody else knew because that’s the kind of guy he is. It’s not really something we focus on.”

With all the SEC head coaching vacancies filled, including Mississippi State and Tennessee, which were the ones he was rumored to be a candidate for, it appears Joseph’s confidence wasn’t misplaced. In fact, there are no longer any head coaching jobs in the Power 5, so if Venables was to leave now, it would to become the head coach of a smaller program.

He could also make a lateral move, becoming the defensive coordinator for a school such as Arkansas, which is another rumor out there at the moment. But either change for Venables seems likely, especially given how confident his players and commits are that he will indeed stay.

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