Clemson Tigers OC Tony Elliott Named Virginia Cavaliers’ Next Head Coach

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Tony Elliott, Clemson’s offensive coordinator and a staple on the Tigers’ championship teams under Dabo Swinney, has been hired as the next head football coach at Virginia, the school announced Friday.

Elliott traveled to Charlottesville on Wednesday with his family to meet with UVa athletic director Carla Williams and school officials but returned on Thursday without a deal in place. He was also heavily pursued by Duke for the Blue Devils’ head-coaching job. After spending Thursday night and much of Friday contemplating his options, Elliott informed Virginia officials on Friday afternoon that he was taking the job. At one point, a source close to Elliott indicated that he was torn about what to do.

Earlier Friday morning before Elliott decided to take the Virginia job, the Virginia Board of Visitors approved a request from the athletic department to transfer $10.3 million from the UVa endowment to go toward a proposed $65 million football facility.

Elliott, 42, has been selective over the past few years when schools have pursued him. He turned down the Tennessee head-coaching job a year ago, and Auburn and South Carolina also showed interest in hiring him. He’s been a member of Clemson’s staff since 2011 and the Tigers’ primary playcaller on offense the past seven seasons.

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SOURCE: ESPN, Chris Low and Andrea Adelson