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Report: Chad Morris' deal worth $1.3M per season

Posted on: December 7, 2011 11:52 am
Edited on: December 7, 2011 11:53 am
 
Posted by Chip Patterson

After receiving some serious attention from other schools following Clemson's ACC title season, offensive coordinator Chad Morris has agreed to a new contract that will reportedly make him one of the highest paid assistants in college football.

Head coach Dabo Swinney announced that Morris had agreed to a new contract on Sunday, though the terms were not disclosed. TigerIllustrated.com is reporting the new deal to be worth $1.3 million per season over the next six years. CBSSports.com's Travis Sawchik points out that if those numbers are accurate, it means Morris joins Auburn's Gus Malzahn at the top of the list of highest-paid assistant coaches.

As a high school football coach, Morris studied Malzahn's fast-paced offensive scheme and has implemented many of the same ideals in his own offensive system. As a speedy offense continues to see success in today's game, the value of a coach like Malzahn or Morris has clearly been set at the highest level.

There were widespread reports that new Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer had his eyes on Morris joining him in Columbus. With Meyer's spread tendencies and quarterback Braxton Miller the heir apparent under center Buckeye fans were hoping the first-year Tigers' coordinator would jump at the opportunity to join the two-time national champion. But head coach Dabo Swinney was confident in Morris' commitment to Clemson. He told reporters the week before the Tigers' 38-10 win over Virginia Tech in the ACC Championship Game that he could only see Morris leaving for a head coaching position. With the new deal in place at Clemson, it looks like he will be there until that opportunity arises.

The Tigers next challenge will be preparing to face Dana Holgorsen's West Virginia squad in the Orange Bowl Jan. 4. It will be Clemson's first return visit to the Orange Bowl since winning the national championship in 1981.

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Since: Mar 7, 2008
Posted on: December 8, 2011 8:06 am
 

Report: Chad Morris' deal worth $1.3M per season

@ wayzup :  wow , so you really know a lot of ways to break down a teams performance , both managerially and from the student athelete perspective. do tell us Tiger fans more about how your team and its greatness is doing after Jan 4th... until then we have to be excused for not caring about your apparent distaste for us, you see we have a BCS bowl to go play in... but ya'll wouldnt know a thing about that so no need to go on about it. Anyway mr. Nostra-dumb-azz , have a nice time as the sec rep in te intermediate bowl somewhere nobody goes against a team nobody knows , and cant wait to see ya next year in Death Valley Wink



Since: Nov 21, 2006
Posted on: December 8, 2011 6:39 am
 

Report: Chad Morris' deal worth $1.3M per season

Don't forget though, with this much money going to Morris, there will be that much less to go to recruits so the 2013 class may not be top 5.  ;)



Since: Nov 21, 2006
Posted on: December 8, 2011 6:31 am
 

Report: Chad Morris' deal worth $1.3M per season

Watkins and Boyd proved how overrated they are when facing a real defense with an actual pass rush.  Must be nice to play in the A-she-she and be able to pad stats every other week.  clemson would have lost 5 games if they played in the SEC this year.  Given a give up or fight situation against USC, you see how they handled it.  Don't give me Auburn..they were down post-Cam and everyone knows it - USC didn't so much as lose to them as we were all witness to Stephen Garcia losing it...still peeved at Spurrier for not benching him in that game but i digress.  

I hope Dabo & Morris stick around for years to come....smoke & mirrors is all they got, and it doesn't work so well against a real defense. 



Since: Mar 7, 2008
Posted on: December 7, 2011 8:17 pm
 

Report: Chad Morris' deal worth $1.3M per season

That high powered offense looked so great against an sec team
Moron statement ^

Any truely knowledgeable fan would know that they were 1-1 against the SEC this year and that Clemson flipped its entire offensive philosophy during the spring... given that knowledge and the incredible youth this team is overcoming the right retort would have been to say "not terrible for this type of team , nothing to get too excited about just yet, but not too shabby considering " .



Since: Nov 9, 2008
Posted on: December 7, 2011 6:49 pm
 

Report: Chad Morris' deal worth $1.3M per season

While it sounds like way too much money to pay a Coordinator it's actually irrelevant as when the only cap that can be imposed on salaries is dictated by each individual institution paying the money. If they can afford it and the guys performs then it's a great deal. 



Since: Nov 4, 2008
Posted on: December 7, 2011 6:47 pm
 

Report: Chad Morris' deal worth $1.3M per season

Let's remember that Morris was offered Tulsa's head coaching position at the conclusion of last season after committing to Clemson and kept his committment to Clemson.  In the long term I do believe that he will, in addition to all of the staff lead Clemson to be a team to be reckoned with every team they play.

There is so much more to being a head coach than a high potency offense.  Morriss is just two years out of coaching high school and has already proved himself as one of the cream of the crop offensive coordinators.  With what Clemson has to offer as a school, setting, and legacy without the pressure of an Ohio State or perenniel contenders to produce or move on, I suspect that Morriss would prefer to build a program and either move to a head coaching position or an offensive coordinator or head coach in the pro ranks.



Since: Dec 7, 2011
Posted on: December 7, 2011 5:26 pm
 

Report: Chad Morris' deal worth $1.3M per season

I meant Dabo needed to sign Chad to a long term contract for self preservation, remember last year without him.




Since: Dec 7, 2011
Posted on: December 7, 2011 5:22 pm
 

Report: Chad Morris' deal worth $1.3M per season

Dabo Swinney had to sign Chad Morris to a long for self preservation. Remember last year without Chad



Since: Sep 4, 2006
Posted on: December 7, 2011 4:22 pm
 

Report: Chad Morris' deal worth $1.3M per season

They actually played 2 SEC teams this year. You know the one that won the National Cahmpionship last year and the other one, the one that has only ever won 1 conference championship. The defending national champions got smoked. I would 1-1 during a rebuilding year and a first year offense isn't bad. Especially when you can throw in a Conference Title and a trip to a BCS game.



Since: Sep 5, 2008
Posted on: December 7, 2011 3:54 pm
 

Report: Chad Morris' deal worth $1.3M per season

That high powered offense looked so great against an SEC team.Surprised



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