Clemson coach Dabo Swinney expects all his staff back for next season, including offensive coordinator Chad Morris.
Morris' name has come up at seemingly every coaching vacancy, including the one currently open at Vanderbilt with James Franklin's departure to Penn State.
Morris was on campus Saturday to take part in the Tigers' annual postseason banquet.
Swinney said a lot of the rumors that swirl around Morris are overblown. Morris is college football's highest paid assistant at $1.3 million a year. While Morris is free contractually to leave for a head coaching position, he would owe the school $5.2 million — $1.3 million for the four seasons left on his deal — if he moved on for another offensive coorindator position.
Morris has helped Clemson become one the country's top offenses.
“He’s still here today," Swinney said. "That’s the world we live in. there’s nothing we can do about any of that stuff. Most of the stuff that’s out there is so far fetched, it’s crazy. Any time a job comes open – whether it’s an assistant or coordinator – and there’s a “fit” if you will, people just immediately throw things out there.
"When you’ve got good coaches, those kinds of things are going to happen. There’s nothing that takes place on this coaching staff, that I don’t know about and that goes back to the great relationships and great chemistry that we have. It’s not just Chad, it’s other guys too. When it’s a story, there’s something to tell you. It’s not worth having conversations about it."
Meanwhile, USA Today lists Morris among the possibilities for Vanderbilt:
Georgia Tech coach Paul Johnson
Ball State coach Pete Lembo
Stanford defensive coordinator Derek Mason
Colorado State coach Jim McElwain
Clemson offensive coordinator Chad Morris
Michigan State defensive coordinator Pat Narduzzi
North Carolina State tight ends coach Tom O'Brien
Vanderbilt defensive coordinator Bob Shoop
Alabama defensive coordinator Kirby Smart
Louisville offensive coordinator Shawn Watson
Utah State coach Matt Wells