Report: SMU to introduce Clemson coordinator Chad Morris as new coach Monday
SMU will introduce Clemson offensive coordinator Chad Morris as its new head football coach on Monday, according to The Dallas Morning News and other outlets.
The university issued a press release Sunday announcing a 3 p.m. Monday press conference when SMU president R. Gerald Turner and athletic director Rick Hart "will introduce SMU’s new head football coach."
Morris has been a hot name among college coordinators in head coaching searches for several years. In addition to being a respected offensive mind, Morris has strong ties to Texas which should appeal to a school which did not have a strong recuiting presence in the state under former coach June Jones.
The Dallas Morning News, citing sources, said SMU will pay Morris $2 million a year, similar to what Jones was making. Jones resigned two games into the current season, which is now at 0-11 despite going to bowl games in four of the five previous seasons.
Morris, who will turn 46 on Thursday, is a native of Edgewood, Texas, a town of roughly 1,400 people about an hour east of Dallas. He graduated from Texas A&M and was a high school head coach in Texas for 16 years.
Morris won back-to-back state titles at Austin’s Lake Travis High as well as another state title at Bay City.
Morris was the offensive coordinator and associate head coach at Tulsa in 2010, when SMU and Tulsa shared the C-USA West Division title, with SMU advancing to the conference championship game because of its head-to-head win.
In four seasons at Clemson, Morris’ offenses have set records and drawn accolades. His 2013 offense averaged 507.7 yards and 40.2 points per game.
Morris was named the 2013 National Assistant Coach of the Year by the American Football Coaches Association. He was also named the National Offensive Coordinator of the Year in 2011 by Rivals.com.
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