Christmas Just Got A Little Bit Awkward At The Venables House After Brent Venables’ Sons Make A Decision On Their Futures


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  • When Brent Venables left Clemson for Oklahoma, he left his sons with a tough choice
  • They both decided to stay at Clemson instead of following their father to Oklahoma
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One major move in this year’s college football coaching carousel was Clemson defensive coordinator Brent Venables leaving to become Oklahoma’s head coach. Rumors swirled about that coaching vacancy for days, but when Venables’ name came up one key factor was ignored.

Brent Venables has two sons who both happen to play for Clemson. That left the two of them with a major decision to make. They made that decision today.

Both Tyler and Jake Venables have chosen to stay with Clemson rather than follow their dad to Oklahoma.

Tyler Venables is a sophomore safety who is currently enjoying the best year of his Clemson career. Jake Venables is a redshirt junior who has had trouble getting on the field this year after a successful first two seasons.

At Clemson, they’ll be playing under a defensive coordinator who isn’t their father for the first time in their college careers. In fact, they’ll be playing under two new defensive coordinators next year.

Clemson announced earlier today that they would have co-defensive coordinators. Wes Goodwin and Mickey Conn were both promoted from within the Clemson program to take over the role.

Brent Venables will also have a member of this year’s Clemson staff serving as his defensive coordinator. He brought Tim Roof over from Clemson with him to serve as Oklahoma’s defensive coordinator.

Jake and Tyler Venables will be back in action for Clemson on December 29th as they take on Iowa State in the Cheez-It Bowl. Brent Venables won’t be on the sideline again until the start of next season with Bob Stoops set to coach the Sooners in the Alamo Bowl against Oregon.