SMU hires Chad Morris as new coach

Chad Morris has been one of the nation's best-paid coordinators. (USATSI)
Chad Morris has been one of the nation's best-paid coordinators. (USATSI)

Clemson offensive coordinator Chad Morris has agreed to become SMU's new coach, the school announced. Morris will be formally introduced at a press conference Monday.

A former Texas high school coach with multiple state championships to his credit, Morris has been considered the front-runner for the Mustangs job since reports surfaced last Thursday that a deal was close. Both Morris and SMU athletic director Rick Hart denied that any deal was in place, but neither denied interest in such a potential agreement.

The SMU coaching search has been ongoing since June Jones announced his immediate resignation on Sept. 8. Defensive coordinator Tom Mason was named interim coach, but the Mustangs have struggled to an 0-11 record with their season finale against UConn scheduled for Saturday.

The 45-year-old Morris has spent four seasons as Clemson's offensive coordinator, during which the Tigers have set numerous school offensive records. Morris was made one of the nation's best-paid assistants with a $1.3 million salary at Clemson.

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