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Former linebacker will start coaching career at Oklahoma

January 23, 2023

It appears that James Skalski, former Clemson linebacker, has started his coaching career at Oklahoma after posting several photos in Sooners gear on his Instagram account.

After playing under Brent Venables at Clemson, Skalski will now join his former position coach as an assistant for the Sooners. Skalski, after a very successful career at Clemson, will join the staff of one of college football's most successful programs and help them continue their winning tradition.

Skalski was a standout linebacker at Clemson, helping the Tigers win their second national championship in three years in 2018. As an assistant coach with Oklahoma, Skalski will be able to draw on his experience as a player and help guide the Sooners' linebackers.


Two-year team captain who completed his decorated six-year career spanning 2016-21 credited with 310 career tackles (20.5 tackles for loss), 10.0 sacks, 12 pass breakups, two fumble recoveries (including one he returned 17 yards for a touchdown) and a forced fumble in 1,920 snaps over 69 games (38 starts) … his 69 career games played tied for the school and modern FBS record … is the only player ever to play in (and win) five ACC Championship Games … at the conclusion of his career, was one of only 20 players in school history to earn at least three All-ACC Academic Team selections. 

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