A former Clemson offensive coordinator is now getting his chance as a head coach.
According to footballscoop.com, Louisiana-Lafayette is planning to hire Arizona State offensive coordinator Billy Napier as their head coach. Napier succeeds Mark Hudspeth, who is now on Joe Moorhead’s staff at Mississippi State.
Napier was Alabama’s wide receiver’s coach from 2013-16 before leaving last season to join Todd Graham’s staff at Arizona State. Graham was fired at Arizona State and replaced by Herm Edwards.
Napier began his coaching career at Clemson from 2006-2011.
Napier started out as a tight ends coach before working his way up to offensive coordinator for the Tigers.
At the age of 31, Napier was the youngest offensive coordinator in the FBS when Clemson promoted him to the position.
Dabo Swinney cited a need for ”significant improvement” as a factor for letting Napier go in 2011.
“This was a difficult decision, one that was not made hastily,” Swinney said to ESPN. “But, we must make significant improvement on the offensive side of the ball. I have to do what I believe is best for the program going forward, and make sure we don’t experience another season like the one we just had.”
Fast forward to today and Clemson’s offense is clicking on all cylinders under c0-offensive coordinators Jeff Scott and Tony Elliott.
The defending national champion Tigers are averaging 35.4 points as they enter their Jan. 1 CFP semifinal showdown vs. Alabama.
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