Clemson will have no key coach on Friday.
The Tigers announced on Wednesday that offensive coordinator and guard coach Tony Elliott will miss the sugar bowl due to the COVID-19 agreement. Later on Wednesday afternoon, he will not travel to New Orleans with the rest of the team.
As a result, Clemson will face Ohio State University without the coordinator who won the Blueyers Award in 2017. He has been on the sidelines throughout the season. During the game, he was banned from keeping in touch with other coaches, and head coach Dabo Swinney had to figure out how the offense would work without Elliott’s support.
As of now, it is not clear whether Elliott has tested positive for COVID-1
Elliott, who spoke to the media as part of a regular Wednesday press conference, has been in Clemson since 2011. The 41-year-old assistant became the captain of the senior team when he played for the Tigers from 2000 to 2000. In 2003, three years later, he started his coaching career and never made him leave South Carolina. After serving at South Carolina State University and Furman, he joined Clemson’s coaching team in 2011 as a guard coach. He was then promoted to joint offensive coordinator by Swinney in 2015, and then became the sole offensive coordinator for Jeff Scott, the league offensive coordinator, to South Florida earlier this year.
The Sugar Bowl will be the first time Swinney hasn’t taken him to a stadium for a game since Elliott took up the coordinating role half a century ago.
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