FSU hires Randy Clements as offensive line coach

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Florida State has officially hired Randy Clements as its offensive line coach. FSU announced the hire on Thursday, bringing the coaching staff up to the allotment of 10 assistants.

“I want to start by thanking Coach Taggart for this opportunity,” Clements said through a press release. “My family and I are thrilled to be part of this prestigious program. My background with Kendal will be valuable, but I’m also looking forward to integrating with the rest of the staff and can’t wait to get to know and work with the student-athletes on campus. I am excited to work toward our goal of bringing Florida State its next championship.”

Clements joins the staff about a week after FSU coach Willie Taggart announced that he was dismissing offensive line coach Greg Frey — a former FSU player and alum — following one season on staff.

“Randy Clements has a remarkable resume filled with quantifiable results coaching offensive linemen,” Taggart said via the release. “He has proven to be a successful teacher and knows exactly how we want to operate in this offense. I am happy for our student-athletes to learn from him, and I’m enthusiastic about him joining our staff as we continue to build a championship culture at Florida State.”

It’s not known what other moves will be made at this time. No official role has been designated for recruiting coordinator David Kelly, who also previously worked as the team’s wide receivers coach before the addition of Ron Dugans.

Initially, it was unclear how Clements’ addition would impact Frey — would FSU make room for both to split duties along the offensive line? — but adding Clements in some capacity was expected. And now that Clements is on staff, his role is defined. He will be in-charge of the entire offensive line, and will help craft the run-game strategy under longtime companion and offensive coordinator Kendal Briles.

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