Assistant basketball coach who mentioned football program on FBI’s wiretap no longer with Clemson

Assistant basketball coach who mentioned football program on FBI’s wiretap no longer with Clemson
Steve Smith

CLEMSON, SC (WYFF) - Clemson assistant basketball coach Steve Smith is no longer employed by the school.

The university's athletic department made that announcement Friday in a one-line statement.

"Clemson Athletics has not renewed the contract of assistant men's basketball coach Steve Smith, which expired on April 30, 2019," the statement read.

A second statement was included from Clemson head coach Brad Brownell.

"I support the decision not to renew Steve Smith's contract," Brownell said.

The move comes after Smith was heard in an FBI recording trying to recruit high school basketball phenom and projected top NBA 2019 draft pick, Zion Williamson.

"That's why football is so successful. If you do it and use resources at Clemson, you really can keep everything tight," Smith reportedly said in the recording.

The wiretap recording was presented to jurors in April during the FBI's federal court case looking into corruption in college basketball.

For more on the federal case and the wiretap recording, click here.

Smith was assistant coach for the men’s basketball program after being hired by Brownell in 2012, according to the Clemson Athletic program’s website.

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