By BRAD KEITH
(November 27, 2014) — Former Stephenville football head coach Chad Morris has reportedly agreed to become the new head man at Southern Methodist University.
Chris Brown, a Scout writer at HornsDigest.com and SiriusXM radio host, broke the story on Twitter Thursday evening, reporting that an announcement is likely during the first week of December.
Brown tweeted that a high-level SMU source told him Morris has agreed to a multi-year contract averaging more than $3 million per year. He later tweeted Morris had the job offer for at least two weeks but was waiting to see if Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney would get the Florida job. In that case, Morris would likely have been a strong candidate to replace Swinney at Clemson.
Morris went 50-10 at Stephenville from 2003-2007, guiding the 2005 Yellow Jackets to the 4A Division I semifinals. He is best known in Texas for leading Lake Travis to state titles in 2008 and 2009. Morris won 82 percent of his games in his 16 years as a high school head coach.
Morris bolted for the college game following the 2009 season, first as co-offensive coordinator at Tulsa, then to his current position as offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at Clemson. He is in his fourth season directing the Tiger offense, and they are 40-11 during his time including 27-6 in the Atlantic Coast Conference.
Morris was named 2013 American Football Coaches Association National Assistant Coach of the Year and was one of five finalists for the national offensive coordinator of the year honor given by 247sports.com. Clemson averaged 40.2 points and 507.7 yards per game in 2013 after amassing 41 points and 512.7 yards per game in 2012.
SMU, a member of the American Athletic Conference, is currently 0-10 with games against Houston and Connecticut remaining. The Mustangs have not scored more than 28 points in a game, and have surrendered less than 38 just once.
SMU fired head coach June Jones early in the season. Tom Mason is interim head coach.