Report: Chad Morris to SMU

Clemson offensive coordinator Chad Morris will be announced as the new SMU head coach, The press conference will be held on Monday at 4:00 ET.

Former SMU head coach, June Jones resigned in September after a 0-2 start on the season. Reports started to surface in late November that Morris was considering taking the job.

Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney has no hard feelings on the issue, is happy to see his friend succeed.

“If Chad has an opportunity and it’s something he wants to do and feels good about, I wish him nothing but the best. He’s helped us and we’ve helped him,” Swinney said.

Morris is a Texas native who graduated from Texas A&M in 1992. He was a high school football coach for 16 seasons, including back-to-back state titles at Lake Travis High School in 2008-2009 before taking the offensive coordinator position at Clemson. Morris has coached at Clemson for four years and was one of the highest paid assistant coaches in college football. While at Clemson he was named the 2013 AFCA National Assistant Coach-of-the-Year and was one of five finalists for national offensive coordinator-of-the-year by

The Dallas Morning News reported that Morris’ salary will be around $2 million a year at SMU. The SMU football program was once prominent during the 1980’s but some recruiting infractions led to the “death penalty,” after a slush fund was discovered with links between SMU recruits and the Texas governor himself. Morris is the first marquee coach the Pony Express has had since that unfortunate penalty was handed down, hopefully he’ll be able to turn the program around similarly to how Larry Brown has revamped the basketball program.

The Mustangs are 0-11 and will finish the season against UConn this Saturday.

*Section Photo credit to Tyler Smith, Getty Images; Featured Photo (above) credit to Clemson

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