Clemson University

Swinney hires coach, administrator

CLEMSON — Dabo Swinney chuckled Wednesday when asked if having Alabama on the resume was a prerequisite for joining Clemson’s staff.

It might not be necessary, but there is no mistaking that Swinney is following the coaching custom of hiring people he is familiar with.

Woody McCorvey and Charlie Harbison, both recently released as coordinators on Mississippi State’s staff, have been hired, a source confirmed Thursday.

McCorvey, who had agreed in principle to become USC’s receivers coach two days ago, will join Clemson’s staff in an administrative role, although he could be elevated to coaching duties depending on further staff changes.

Harbison, the Bulldogs’ former defensive coordinator, will fill Clemson’s vacancy coaching defensive backs.

Swinney was a walk-on receiver at Alabama from 1989-92. McCorvey served as Swinney’s position coach his final three years, and both were Crimson Tide staff members through 1997.

Harbison came on board when McCorvey left in 1998, and Harbison and Swinney were on the staff together three years until Mike DuBose was fired.

McCorvey and Harbison also have worked at Clemson. McCorvey was the Tigers’ receivers and tight ends coach from 1983-89 under Danny Ford, while Harbison spent three years (1995-97) as the team’s defensive backs coach.

Attempts to reach McCorvey and Harbison were unsuccessful.