By Will Yoder
January 12, 2012

Clemson defensive coordinator Kevin Steele has told ESPN.com that he will not return to the team next season.

The third year coach claims that he has been fired by the university; however school officials are adamant that Steele was not fired, but that he left on his own to pursue other coaching opportunities.

The Tigers finished No. 71 in the nation in total defense and allowed 29 points per game. The club’s defense was their undoing in their 70-33 Orange Bowl loss to West Virginia.

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