Chad Morris again steps onto coaching carousel, building resume of interest

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Offensive coordinators Gus Malzahn and Chad Morris meet before the Clemson - Auburn game.

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Offensive coordinators Gus Malzahn and Chad Morris meet before the Clemson - Auburn game.

'The seasons, they go 'round and 'round...and the painted ponies go up and down.'

Step onto the carousel, as once described by Joni Mitchell, but don't get run over by Chad Morris.

Here he comes...and there he goes - again.

First N.C. State, now Auburn.

It's only a matter of time, folks.

If Clemson is lucky, they'll get to keep their precocious offensive coordinator another season or two. But sooner or later, Morris will get his chance at center stage.

And Auburn, more so than N.C. State, is the kind of offer - if it came - that Morris would have to think long and hard about refusing.

No one has offered anybody yet. And, on the surface, either Gus Malzahn or Kirby Smart would seem to be the more logical fit. And Bobby Petrino, his resume apparently cleansed by a season out of scandal-driven headlines, is rumored to be a serious contender, as well.

The point is, there are a lot of job openings out there. And there will be a lot of job openings at this time next year.

As long as the Clemson offense keeps giving defensive coordinators heartburn and piling up gaudy offensive numbers, Morris will remain a hot commodity.

Right now, he may just be building the 'Also Interviewed By' section of his resume. But sooner or later, the right job is going to come along.

When it does, will Dabo Swinney stay in-house or look for a tweak?

I'm getting way ahead of myself now.

So let's go back and take a quick look at the current state of college football's jobs carousel:

Arkansas: Boise State's Chris Peterson, TCU's Gary Patterson, Baylor's Art Briles and Oklahoma State's Mike Gundy have been mentioned as candidates, and the Razorbacks recently got a 'thanks but no thanks' from LSU's Les Miles.

Auburn: Most bets are on Auburn hiring Bobby Petrino, but interviewing continues, with Patterson, Malzahn and Alabama's Kirby Smart among the strongest options.

Boston College: The name of Miami's Al Golden keeps coming up - the assumption being it might be time to get out of Coral Gables. NFL assistants Greg Roman and Pete Carmichael, and Notre Dame DC Bob Diaco are among coaches of interest.

Tennessee: Not Jon Gruden. How did hiring a coach for the Vols get to be one of the toughest jobs in America? For that matter, how did coaching the Vols become one of the toughest jobs in America?

Colorado: The Buffaloes reportedly offered the job to Cincinnati's Butch Jones Monday night, and are waiting to hear back.

California: Louisiana Tech's Sonny Dykes is the hot name du jour.

Idaho: Quietly hired former Arkansas offensive coordinator Paul Petrino as head coach.

Kentucky: Swooped early for FSU defensive coordinator Mark Stoops.

N.C. State: Interviewed Morris and Dykes, and then jumped for Northern Illinois' Dave Doeren.

Purdue: If Cincy's Jones turns down Colorado, Purdue may be next in line to take a shot. Western Kentucky's Willie Taggart has also been mentioned.

UTEP: Former Philadelphia Eagles defensive coordinator Juan Castillo and Missouri offensive coordinator David Yost are among the most often mentioned.

Western Michigan: No sign of focus on a particular candidate along a large pool of MAC and NCS-level assistants.

South Florida: When Skip Holtz was shown the door, Tommy Bowden's name was among those that surfaced. Early speculation also includes Malzahn, Houston Nutt, Rick Stockstill and Ron Zook.

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Bigboots writes:

Offensive Genius, yo. We didn't crack the twenty spot in our last game, did we?
Making about a hundred thousand per game, that would be about five grand per point, a little more. Great. Just great.
You'd better be studying some LSU film, my friend.

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