Elliott, the Tigers’ offensive play-caller for the past six seasons, didn’t travel to New Orleans together with the group for its Allstate Sugar Bowl. Swinney said Elliott, 41, didn’t have any signs and that he’d be in communication through Zoom up till game time.
“Just unfortunate he’s out. The fantastic news is he is doing good,” Swinney told ESPN. “He does not have any signs or anything like this. So wish that he had been with us he’ll be with us in spirit.”
Swinney told ESPN the quarterback’s coach Brandon Streeter will probably be put from the coaches’ box to assist manage Clemson’s offensive playcalling from the Buckeyes.
“Tony’s been up and I have been down. We have sort of always done it collectively,” Swinney told ESPN. “We will place Street up and that will be the largest difference. It’s going be both Street and I. [C.J.] Spiller will take care of the springs in the area. That is it.”
A former wide receiver in Clemson, Elliott, 41, combined Swinney’s employees in 2011. He coached running backs for four seasons before going into a co-offensive planner function with Jeff Scott. When Scott made it to become South Florida’s head coach this year, Elliott moved to the only coordinator role.