Texas Tech hires Kliff Kingsbury over Clemson's Chad Morris

Clemson offensive coordinator Chad Morris yells to his team from the sideline against Duke.

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Clemson offensive coordinator Chad Morris yells to his team from the sideline against Duke.

— Clemson coaches, players and fans can exhale – it appears Chad Morris is hanging around a while longer.

Texas Tech athletic director Kirby Hocutt announced Wednesday evening that he had hired Texas A&M offensive coordinator Kliff Kingsbury as the Red Raiders’ new head coach, ending Morris’ candidacy for the position.

Hocutt flew into Anderson Regional Airport Tuesday and interviewed Morris for over two hours for the position – he had just been in Houston, interviewing Kingsbury.

Kingsbury, 33, a former Tech star quarterback, becomes one of the youngest head coaches in the Football Bowl Subdivision. His final collegiate game? A 55-15 rout of Clemson in the 2002 Tangerine Bowl.

Morris, 44, has significant ties to the state of Texas, including 16 years as a high school head coach. He just finished his third season as a collegiate offensive coordinator. Since arriving at Clemson two years ago, he has revitalized the Tigers’ offense. Entering New Year’s Eve’s Chick-fil-A Bowl showdown with LSU, Clemson is in the top 13 in total offense, scoring offense and passing offense.

He has not spoken with reporters formally since Nov. 24’s 27-17 loss to South Carolina.

Following Clemson’s bowl practice Tuesday, he walked past waiting reporters with wide receivers coach Jeff Scott.

“How you guys?” Morris asked. “Everyone good?”

Earlier Wednesday, Clemson coach Dabo Swinney said the Tech job was “a dream opportunity” for Morris, and he supported him fully.

“Hopefully all this stuff will resolve itself one way or the other,” Swinney said.

Morris has had a busy offseason. He interviewed for the N.C. State head coaching opening that went to Northern Illinois’ Dave Doeren, reportedly interviewed for the Auburn head position that went to mentor Gus Malzahn, and received interest from South Florida, denying that he was interviewing for the position (USF hired Western Kentucky’s Willie Taggart).

He makes $1.3 million annually as the highest-paid assistant in college football.

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Bigboots writes:

As I reported...

MyTwoSENSE writes:

in response to Bigboots:

As I reported...

I stand corrected boots! Good job!

33dtb writes:

...."Kingsbury, 33, a former Tech star quarterback, becomes one of the youngest head coaches in the Football Bowl Subdivision".........

How Old was Coach Danny Ford when we won the National Championship ?????????

Coach Ford for Ring of Honor !!!!!!!!!

Now that the "late/great TB" is GONE, and presumably wouldn't get his feelings hurt, we can go ahead and DO WHAT IS RIGHT.

Bigboots writes:

I heard Brad Fralic - sports director at WYFF in Greenville- call in to Roy Philpott's radio show yesterday.
Fralic is fast becoming a know-it-all who is wrong as often as not.
Says he used to cover TT before coming to SC, knows everybody there, etc. Played golf with Morris. He was making the case for how Tech was about to name Morris. Way to go, Brad.
He was also knocking Clemson fans last week in a call to the same program. Making fun of fans who want something better than 10-2. His anti -Clemson bias is evident.
And I havent seen wyff report on kingsbury yet.
Brad, go west young man. And take the worhtless Bart Wright from the Greenville Snooze with you.
Speaking of that, how many people still read the greenville news? About 15 or 20? Not a lot.
These two should learn. You don't S. where you eat.

Xander5000 writes:

Ok Chad the flirting with other jobs needs to stop now because you have cost us a recruit or 2. Lets FULLY CONCENTRATE on beating LSU and getting Clemson further and beyond the hump. Open up the playbook and throw everything we got at them,... as long as its not some really crazy stupid trick plays.

columbiabill writes:

Interviewing and being rejected by at least 3 schools should tell coach Morris something. He needs a little more seasoning maybe 2 more as coordinator and then 1-2 years at FCS level then he will be ready for the big stage. I am sure he will make it and be successful, but coach back up get the experience and then go for it. Make them come calling for you. Right now it looks a little like you are begging.

TRUETIGER1 writes:

Time to dance with the one that brought you! Just do the job for the school that's paying 1,300,000.00 per year. Try to concentrate for more than a quarter this time.

cuGIZ82 writes:

Time to focus on LSU!!!

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