|Clemson offensive coordinator Chad Morris (left) interviewed with Texas Tech AD Kirby Hocutt on Tuesday. (US Presswire)|
Texas Tech's search to replace Tommy Tuberville has reportedly narrowed on Clemson offensive coordinator Chad Morris and Texas A&M offensive coordinator Kliff Kingsbury. Athletic director Kirby Hocutt was in upstate South Carolina on Tuesday to interview Morris, and indicated that the Red Raiders would like to make a decision soon.
"We'd like to get a decision done as soon as possible," Hocutt told Greg Wallace, of the Anderson Independent-Mail, at Anderson Regional Airport on Tuesday. "But at the same time it's an important decision and we're going to take time to make the right choice."
The Texas Tech job opened up unexpectedly on Saturday when Tommy Tuberville accepted a job at Cincinnati to replace Butch Jones, who was introduced as Tennessee's new head coach last week.
The charter jet that arrived in South Carolina from Houston, where it is reported that Hocutt may have interviewed Kingsbury, the former Texas Tech quarterback and current Texas A&M offensive coordinator. ESPN.com also reported that Morris and Kingsbury had become the frontrunners for the Red Raiders' job, and expect a decision to come by the end of the weekend.
Like Kingsbury, Morris has deep ties to the Texas area, spending 16 seasons as a head coach in the high school circuit before joining Tulsa's staff as offensive coordinator in 2009. After one successful year under Todd Graham, Morris was hired by Clemson coach Dabo Swinney in 2010. The Tigers' offense has been jump-started by Morris' potent uptempo attack
Clemson led the conference in scoring offense (42.3 points per game) and total offense (518.3), ranking in the top 10 nationally in both categories. After helping lead the team to its first ACC Championship in two decades, Morris received a new contract -- worth approximately $1.3 million per year -- that made him the highest paid assistant in college football.
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