Come what may, Clemson fans eager for resolution of coaching uncertainty

The Clemson Sports Blog

Chad Morris chats with Tajh Boyd at their first bowl game football practice session on Dec. 8th

Photo by Mark Crammer

Chad Morris chats with Tajh Boyd at their first bowl game football practice session on Dec. 8th

Chad Morris might have been content to bide his time for an opportunity like Texas Tech.

A Big 12 school with big football ambitions, with a history and appreciation of high-octane offense, back in his home state and geographical comfort zone.

Early-on, as the coaching carousel began to turn, it seemed as if Morris might just be testing the waters, sharpening his interview skills.

He talked to N.C. State, then to Auburn. After Auburn hired Gus Malzahn, his former mentor suggested he try for the Arkansas State job that he'd just vacated.

As bowl practice began, it appeared that Clemson might just get through 'silly season' with their offensive staff intact.

Then, unpredictably, the dominoes began falling.

Tennessee, after being turned down by Louisville's Charlie Strong, turned to Cincinnati's Butch Jones, who had already flirted heavily with Purdue and Colorado.

A few days later, Tommy Tuberville pulled a shocker by bolting Texas Tech and taking over at Cincinnati - an almost inexplicable step down from the Big 12 to the troubled Big East.

Almost immediately, Texas Tech athletic director Kirby Hocutt began talking about finding a coach with the right 'fit' for the school, Lubbock, and all of West Texas.

At that point, Dabo Swinney's two most significant personnel moves ran headlong into Texas Tech's interests, with Tiger coordinators Morris and Brent Venables being identified early as possibilities to replace Tuberville.

Hocutt has moved quickly, including a flight to Anderson on Tuesday to formally interview Morris for the job.

It's likely that the Texas Tech situation will be resolved quickly, one way or another.

That's good news for Clemson, which needs to take a long stride in 'moving on' mode.

Not only is the coaching carousel a distraction as the Tigers work their way through academic exams and their first week of preparation for LSU, Clemson's once solid-looking class of recruiting commitments appears jittery and unsure.

That situation hasn't been helped by Charlie Harbison's departure for Auburn. Harbison was one of Swinney's star recruiters, and had a heavy hand in attracting numerous top-flight defensive players to Clemson.

Without Coach Cheese, there's a considerable amount of shoring-up to do between now and February.

Clemson fans are nervous and wary of what may happen next, and are ready - whatever comes - to get it over with.

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Xander5000 writes:

The NCAA should move Signing Day for football recruits to the weekend after the National Championship Game. Tired of all the drama, the indecisiveness, the behind the scenes backstabbing, and the hollow or empty commitments from recruits and assistant coaches. We just want to know who is on our favorite college football team for the next year already.

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