December is a time for coaches to hop from one job to another as new hires to fill out their staffs.
And if you look at how things have developed at Clemson this week with the full-time hiring of Dabo Swinney, it would be logical for him to take a long look at a member of Maryland’s coaching staff.
That guy is Danny Pearman.
There are certainly some beneath-the-surface rumblings Pearman could leave College Park after one season as Maryland’s special teams coordinator and tight ends coach. If you look at all the connections between Pearman, Swinney and Clemson, such a move makes a world of sense.
* Pearman was a graduate assistant and later the special teams coordinator while Swinney played at Alabama between 1990 and 1992.
* Pearman remained the special teams coordinator at ‘Bama when Swinney was both a grad assistant (1993-95) and tight ends coach (1996-97) for the Crimson Tide.
* Pearman is a Clemson alum who got his start in coaching as a graduate assistant for the Tigers in 1988 and 1989.
* Pearman’s family is from that area; he is a native of Charlotte, N.C.
* One of the quieter subplots of the season was how Pearman’s family is still living in North Carolina (he worked at Duke in 2007) because of how difficult it was to sell his home in the Triangle and then purchase one in the D.C. area. Here’s guessing there wouldn’t be that much sticker shock in the Anderson/Greenville/Clemson real estate market.
Clearly, there’s a lot of ways such a move could work out well. And if it were to unfold, Ralph Friedgen will be out seeking at least one new assistant coach for the fifth straight offseason.
—- Patrick Stevens