Swinney expecting no staff changes, but Morris' name still active on carousel

Clemson offensive coordinator's name surfaces again in connection with Vanderbilt opening

Clemson's Dabo Swinney and Chad Morris in the closing seconds of the 24-14 win over Boston College at Memorial Stadium in Clemson, S.C.

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Clemson's Dabo Swinney and Chad Morris in the closing seconds of the 24-14 win over Boston College at Memorial Stadium in Clemson, S.C.

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

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TigerFan95 writes:

All of the guys listed are the latest hot names out there and they're all good candidates, but I think all of them would be taking the job with their eyes focused down the road at landing their next job..Vandy needs consistency and something more long-term..A guy that I think could bring them that, but who has been off of the radar for a while is Tommy Bowden. Sure, he's not the greatest X&O's guy but he's a solid recruiter and runs a clean program. If you give him a few good assistants he can win 7 or 8 ball games a year for you, which for Vandy is pretty good.

YabbaDaboDooDoo writes:

in response to TigerFan95:

All of the guys listed are the latest hot names out there and they're all good candidates, but I think all of them would be taking the job with their eyes focused down the road at landing their next job..Vandy needs consistency and something more long-term..A guy that I think could bring them that, but who has been off of the radar for a while is Tommy Bowden. Sure, he's not the greatest X&O's guy but he's a solid recruiter and runs a clean program. If you give him a few good assistants he can win 7 or 8 ball games a year for you, which for Vandy is pretty good.

That's not true at all. Vandy is a really good job. It's a coaching job in the best conference in college football by far. Nashville is a great place to live. The SEC East isn't nearly as brutal as the West. There are a ton of really good bowl tie-ins b/c of the SEC. You have a great university to sell in recruiting and the expectations from the university are reasonable. And they can pay a competitive salary. There's absolutely no reason why a coach couldn't stay there a long time.

If you like Tommy Bowden so much then you hire him. You say he's not a good X&O guy but at least he's been a coordinator before unlike Dabo. I think it's funny you're recommending your leftovers to an SEC school. If I own a McDonalds and I learn that the french restaurant down the street is looking for a new chef, I don't knock on the door and recommend the fry cook I fired last week.

tigerrob44#291802 writes:

in response to TigerFan95:

All of the guys listed are the latest hot names out there and they're all good candidates, but I think all of them would be taking the job with their eyes focused down the road at landing their next job..Vandy needs consistency and something more long-term..A guy that I think could bring them that, but who has been off of the radar for a while is Tommy Bowden. Sure, he's not the greatest X&O's guy but he's a solid recruiter and runs a clean program. If you give him a few good assistants he can win 7 or 8 ball games a year for you, which for Vandy is pretty good.

Never gave any thought to T Bowden going to Vandy. It would be a perfect fit for them for the reasons you stated. He would make them a consistent winner and never get them in trouble. I would like to see him get that job if he wanted it. You made a really good point.

tigerrob44#291802 writes:

Unless Chad is expecting to have some health problems in the future or has some kind of weird attraction to Minnie Pearl and the Grand Old Opry, I doubt if he leaves his positions at Clemson for the head job at Vandy.

TigerFan95 writes:

in response to tigerrob44#291802:

Never gave any thought to T Bowden going to Vandy. It would be a perfect fit for them for the reasons you stated. He would make them a consistent winner and never get them in trouble. I would like to see him get that job if he wanted it. You made a really good point.

Yeah, the guy did make me pull my hair out when he was at Clemson, but you have to hand it to him, he helped put us back on the right road both on the field and in the class room. He knows how to recruit and assemble a good staff and without the demands and pressures to win a title I think he would be a solid long-term fit for Vandy.

clemvol writes:

Record indicates Tommy Bowden record against SC is 7 wins and 2 losses. Dabo Swinney record against SC is 1 win and 5 Losses. ( so far ). Time will tell.

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