Just two days after accepting the offensive coordinator job at Clemson, Chad Morris is expected to interview for the head coaching vacancy at Tulsa.
Morris agreed to lead the offense at Clemson on Sunday after discussions with head coach Dabo Swinney over the weekend. Clemson announced the hiring on Monday pending completion of background checks.
The original plan was for Morris to fly into Clemson on Tuesday and begin his duties. Mother nature changes those plans and Morris is now expected to fly to Clemson on Wednesday. A press conference has been scheduled for 2:00 Thursday at Clemson to introduce coach Morris and coach Hobby.
Tuesday Morris emerged as one of the leading candidates for the head coaching job at Tulsa. The other leading candidate is reported to be Steve Kragthorpe.
TheClemsonInsider.com spoke with several sources close to Clemson early Tuesday evening after it became apparent that Morris would interview for the Tulsa job. Those sources remain very confident that Morris will be in Clemson on Wednesday and will be the leading the Tiger’s offense in 2011.
Coach Swinney was aware that Todd Graham would likely become the head coach at Pittsburgh when he hired Morris and that he would likely be a strong candidate for the head coaching job at Tulsa. Our sources indicate Morris made it clear to coach Swinney that he wanted to be at Clemson and would not accept the job as head coaching job at Tulsa.
We know that Morris began working to help the Tigers on Tuesday. He spent the day on the phone with a number of Clemson assistant coaches and doing what he could to get started in his new role as Clemson’s offensvie coordinator. Our sources also made it clear that Morris assurred the Clemson staff he spoke with Tuesday that he would be in town Wednesday and would not be going anywhere except to Clemson.
One source close told TheClemsonInsider.com, “I would be shocked if Morris didn’t keep his word and come to Clemson”.
In the crazy business of college athletics things can change on a dime, but Tuesday night those at Clemson remained convinced that Morris was now a member of Tiger Nation!
TheClemsonInsider.com will keep you updated with the latest information.