Sources: Clemson fires first-year OC Streeter

by Ricardo Gutierrez - Clemson OC Brandon Streeter is the first assistant coach the Tigers have fired since defensive coordinator Kevin Steele was let go following a 70-33 loss to West Virginia in the Orange Bowl to end the 2011 season.

Clemson fires offensive coordinator Brandon Streeter, sources say play Joe Milton's stellar performance helps Tennessee win the Orange Bowl (2:03) Tennessee QB Joe Milton III tosses for 251 yards and three touchdowns as the Volunteers defeat Clemson in the Capital One Orange Bowl. (2:03) 5:24 PM ET David M. HaleESPN Staff Writer Close ACC reporter. Joined ESPN in 2012. Graduate of the University of Delaware. Clemson has parted ways offensive coordinator Brandon Streeter, ESPN's Pete Thamel confirmed Thursday. Streeter served just one season as the Tigers' full-time play-caller, though he'd been with Clemson as an assistant coach since 2015, and he played quarterback at Clemson from 1995 through 1999. Streeter served as quarterback coach for both of Clemson's most recent national championships, mentoring future first-round draft picks Deshaun Watson and Trevor Lawrence. He was promoted to offensive coordinator last year after Tony Elliott left to become head coach at Virginia. Editor's Picks The final 2022 college football Power Rankings 1d ESPN staff Updated 2023 football recruiting class rankings: Top 75 after bowl season 11h Craig Haubert 2 Related This marks the first time Swinney has fired an assistant coach since defensive coordinator Kevin Steele was let go following a 70-33 loss to West Virginia in the Orange Bowl to end the 2011 season. Swinney had to replace both coordinators after Elliott and longtime defensive coordinator Brent Venables left for head-coaching jobs. He made in-house hires for both jobs, promoting Streeter and defensive analyst Wes Goodwin. Swinney shrugged off questions about the internal hires -- something he's done with the overwhelming number of staff vacancies in recent years -- by saying culture trumped experience. "Hope is a big part of this program," Streeter said last offseason. "Somebody had to believe in Coach Swinney to get where he is. They saw something in him, and that's what he's done with this staff. Give guys opportunities, and you'll be surprised what they can do with it." Streeter actually made marked improvements on Clemson's offense in 2022. The Tigers went from 5.2 yards-per-play, 26.3 points-per-game and 2.0 points-per-drive in 2021 to 5.6, 33.2 and 2.5, respectively, in 2022. In both seasons, however, Clemson struggled with QB concerns, as former blue-chip recruit DJ Uiagalelei floundered for long stretches, a young receiving corps failed to develop quickly, and the offensive line muddled through a number of shaky performances. Perhaps the biggest knock on Streeter's brief run was the lack of carries for star running back Will Shipley . Shipley had just three rushes in the first half of Clemson's Orange Bowl loss to Tennessee in December. Swinney almost certainly will look outside the program for Streeter's replacement, something he did successfully when hiring Chad Morris to coach the offense in 2010 and Venables on defense in 2011. Of Clemson's nine current on-field assistants, however, only two have worked for another FBS program in an on-field capacity -- and none of Clemson's offensive assistants have. Tigers Illustrated was first to report the news.