By Ed McGranahan.
Amid the swirl of reports that Chad Morris would leave Clemson to replace June Jones as SMU head coach, a source told The Clemson Insider this morning that Saturday would be his last game at Clemson.
Clemson wide receivers coach Jeff Scott, a former high school coach with a state championship on his resume, would be Morris’ likely replacement, a source said. When Morris was hired from Tulsa, Scott was designated the heir apparent.
In a text message late Thursday Morris told TCI that he was focused on the game with South Carolina.
SMU, a member of the American Athletic Conference, is winless with games remaining this season against Houston today and Connecticut on Dec. 6.
Morris, 46, has 16 years of experience as a Texas high school coach. The nation’s highest paid offensive coordinator at $1.3 million per year, he could receive a multi-year deal that reportedly would average $3 million.
The deal has been in works for weeks and Clemson coach Dabo Swinney was aware of the possibility he would need to replace his offensive coordinator.
As Clemson’s recruiting coordinator, Scott has overseen the consecutive highly regarded freshman classes including players from Florida key in the 2015 class. In addition Scott has helped prepare several top receivers for the NFL.
The story was reported by several outlets including The Football Scoop, Scout, NBC, CBS and the Dallas Morning News sites.
Chip Brown, of Horns Digest, said on Twitter that Morris was waiting to see if Swinney take the Florida job.
Scout’s SMU site Pony Stampede had not confirmed the story but added some details about a potential agreement and a source who said it was a done deal “unless he gets cold feet.”
Morris responded to TCI, “Unreal, everyone thinks they know. Sorry completely focused on SC.”