Clemson announced Wednesday afternoon that offensive coordinator Tony Elliott will miss Friday’s Sugar Bowl against Ohio State due to coronavirus protocols.
Elliott, who is the Tigers’ primary playcaller as well as the running backs coach, will not make the trip and will not be permitted to have any contact with the team while the game is going on.
Clemson is currently third in the nation in scoring, averaging 44.9 points per game. Elliott’s absence will leave the Tigers’ a man short when it comes to calling the offense. Clemson has not announced who will replace Elliott as the team’s primary play caller, though it is expected that quarterbacks coach Brandon Streeter will step into the role.
Elliott joined Clemson’s staff in 2011 as running backs coach and was promoted to co-offensive coordinator with Jeff Scott prior to the Tigers’ bowl game in 2014.
Swinney and Ohio State head coach Ryan Day will speak with reporters Thursday morning and it is quite likely that Elliott’s absence and his replacement will be addressed at that time.