Louisville fan poll shows support for Chad Morris as possible Strong successor

Former Louiville, current Western Kentucky coach Bobby Petrino clear frontrunner in Courier-Journal poll

Orange Bowl - Chad Morris

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Orange Bowl - Chad Morris

Clemson offensive coordinator Chad Morris has emerged as an intriguing possibility to Louisville fans as a replacement for Charlie Strong, who left the Cardinals over the weekend to become head coach at Texas.

In a fan poll being conducted by the Louisville Courier-Journal, Morris is running second to frontrunner Bobby Petrino of Western Kentucky in balloting.

Petrino, who coached Louisville to a 41-9 record between 2003 and 2006, is receiving 41 percent of fan support, while Morris is second at 13 percent. Louisville's current offensive and defensive coordinators, Shawn Watson and Vance Bedford, are receiving 11 and 9 percent, respectively.

The Austin American-Statesman reported Monday afternoon that Louisville athletic director Tom Jurich plans interview six candidates before making a final decision this weekend.

Bedford interviewed for the job on Monday, and Watson is also expected to interview this week.

Other names that have repeatedly come up in media speculation since Strong took the job at Texas include Petrino, Morris, Michigan State defensive coordinator Pat Narduzzi, Arizona head coach Rich Rodriguez, Colorado State head coach Jim McElwain and Stanford defensive coordinator Derek Mason.

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BlueRidgeBengal writes:

Never thought i would say it but to me Venables is more important to CU right now than Morris.

TigerNE writes:

I can't see Louisville making any serious offer to Petrino so soon after the mess they fired him over. And after what Rodriguez gets credit for at WVU, I have to think he's near the very top of the list. Whether or not he's interested is another story. But he's not exactly burning it up at Arizona yet, so he may be interested in a move. Nice 2014 recruiting class, though.

brookesdad729 writes:

in response to TigerNE:

I can't see Louisville making any serious offer to Petrino so soon after the mess they fired him over. And after what Rodriguez gets credit for at WVU, I have to think he's near the very top of the list. Whether or not he's interested is another story. But he's not exactly burning it up at Arizona yet, so he may be interested in a move. Nice 2014 recruiting class, though.

Petrino might not be that darling of everyone but he had a great run at Louisville. Leaving them to go to the Atlanta Falcons after signing a contract extension might have left somewhat of a bad taste in their mouths for him. I don't think the Arkansas scandal will play that much into it really. I don't see Chad Morris leaving yet. He hasn't really proven himself yet in my opinion! Give either FSU and/or SC a loss next year and he might be in consideration a little more seriously. He's got to consistently win the big games and then he will be taken more seriously! That's just my opinion. Venables is making good steady progress and may be the one we hope we keep in the next year or so.

TigerFan95 writes:

I see this as a good match for both Morris and Louisville. They like high-powered offenses and he would bring that for sure. It seens like all their previous coaches have used them as a stepping stone to getting a better job and Morris has said repeatedly that his next stop would be his last. Perhaps he could provide them with the stabilty they need and take the time to build them into a consistent program. I would just hate having to play him every year and don't want to lose him, but it would be a good opportunity for him. If we do lose him we'll have no problem finding a quality replacement given the amount of $$$ we've demonstrated we're willing and able to spend. Good luck to him and hope they make him an offer.

tigerrob44#291802 writes:

As far as Chad Morris leaving for Louisville, I doubt it very much. As far as Chad Morris proving himself at Clemson what is 40 ppg and 500 yds a game average in the last 3 years prove? We had 577 total yards against a Big 10 powerhouse team last Friday night. If that isn't proving you offensive coaching ability then I don't know what is. And people that say, well, we didn't do it against this team or that team don't know football.

TigerNE writes:

It looks like the odds that Morris will be around to develop our reloaded offense for at least one more season just got better. He's officially "not interested" in Louisville. Which means they probably didn't make him an offer, whether or not he interviewed. Rumors seem to go both ways on that.

YabbaDaboDooDoo writes:

in response to TigerNE:

It looks like the odds that Morris will be around to develop our reloaded offense for at least one more season just got better. He's officially "not interested" in Louisville. Which means they probably didn't make him an offer, whether or not he interviewed. Rumors seem to go both ways on that.

1) There's no "whether or not he interviewed". He DID interview.

2) You got a link to where he's "officially" not interested? I haven't seen a story saying he's not interested. The latest news out there in the last 24 hours is that he interviewed and is a strong candidate.

TigerNE writes:

in response to YabbaDaboDooDoo:

1) There's no "whether or not he interviewed". He DID interview.

2) You got a link to where he's "officially" not interested? I haven't seen a story saying he's not interested. The latest news out there in the last 24 hours is that he interviewed and is a strong candidate.

Note my words that the odds got better. I didn't suggest Morris had made official statements. Yet. Another Tiger site reported that he was no longer interested. While yet a different Tiger site reported that he never interviewed. All from "sources" within Morris' camp. So - I say odds are better, but not that he is definitely here to stay for one more year with certainty.

We won't know for absolutely sure until tomorrow after 10 when their athletic board meets. No doubt to approve an offer to the coach they want.

From where do you get YOUR certainty that he DID interview?

YabbaDaboDooDoo writes:

in response to TigerNE:

Note my words that the odds got better. I didn't suggest Morris had made official statements. Yet. Another Tiger site reported that he was no longer interested. While yet a different Tiger site reported that he never interviewed. All from "sources" within Morris' camp. So - I say odds are better, but not that he is definitely here to stay for one more year with certainty.

We won't know for absolutely sure until tomorrow after 10 when their athletic board meets. No doubt to approve an offer to the coach they want.

From where do you get YOUR certainty that he DID interview?

http://espn.go.com/college-football/s...

2nd paragraph: "Stanford defensive coordinator Derek Mason, Michigan State defensive coordinator Pat Narduzzi and Clemson offensive coordinator Chad Morris also are among the six individuals who interviewed for the job, a source said."

YabbaDaboDooDoo writes:

I have no idea who Louisville will hire but Morris makes the most sense. The excitement of entering a new conference with a new coach that brings an exciting offense would generate a tremendous amount of buzz. He knows the ACC already and would basically be recruiting the same players in that geographic footprint. Louisville already has a tremendous recruiting presence in FL and the southeast and Morris can easily continue that.

It really depends though on what matters to the AD. If they want another defensive coach then they could go with Narduzzi or Mason. Neither knows the ACC and defensive coaches usually don't generate as much fan interest. If they want to go with the familiar then they could go with Petrino and all his baggage. But they would probably be looking for another coach in 2 years.

TigerNE writes:

in response to YabbaDaboDooDoo:

1) There's no "whether or not he interviewed". He DID interview.

2) You got a link to where he's "officially" not interested? I haven't seen a story saying he's not interested. The latest news out there in the last 24 hours is that he interviewed and is a strong candidate.

Too many "sources" without names on both sides. I'm not taking a stand that he didn't interview. Just saying the odds are looking better for us when you add up all the information from "sources."

TigerNE writes:

More faceless sources being quoted. But this issue may be coming to a conclusion soon.

Can't wait for Morris to develop our reloaded offense!

http://espn.go.com/college-football/s...

YabbaDaboDooDoo writes:

If ESPN is reporting something from a source then you can pretty much take it to the bank whether the source has a face or not. I have no doubt that Morris interviewed for the Louisville job and that Petrino will be introduced as coach very soon.

YabbaDaboDooDoo writes:

The coaching carousel isn't over yet. The Vandy job will open up if James Franklin goes home to PA and takes the Penn State job. Franklin was a 1st-time head coach and highly regarded OC when Vandy hired him. They could easily do it again with Morris. Vandy is a good job.

TigerNE writes:

in response to YabbaDaboDooDoo:

The coaching carousel isn't over yet. The Vandy job will open up if James Franklin goes home to PA and takes the Penn State job. Franklin was a 1st-time head coach and highly regarded OC when Vandy hired him. They could easily do it again with Morris. Vandy is a good job.

According to your reliable source - ESPN via a Scranton newspaper - he's been offered the job and will decide today.

I would agree Morris would possibly be on their list. The salary they might pay won't be the issue as I think Franklin is in the 3 mil range now.

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