A new name has popped up in South Carolina’s coaching search to replace Steve Spurrier.
Former Clemson offensive coordinator and first-year SMU head coach Chad Morris has been mentioned in regard to the opening, and that would put him at the forefront of one of the most heated rivalries in college football.
It would also make his former boss, Dabo Swinney, his biggest foe. Swinney was asked about such a coaching matchup in the future.
“I think he’s a great coach, obviously,” Swinney said. “And he’s focused on doing a great job where he’s at. “If there’s another job out there he’s interested in, that’s up to him.”
While Morris does have good job experience, having been on Swinney’s staff for four seasons, he’s hardly lighting the world on fire at SMU. The Mustangs sit in fifth place in the American Conference with a record of 1-5.
Morris also has three years remaining on a contract worth $2 million a year, meaning it would take a $6 million dollar buyout from South Carolina for this to even happen.
Carolina might be wiser to look farther south in the state of Texas to another first-year coach. Houston’s Tom Herman, formerly Urban Meyer’s offensive coordinator at Ohio State, has quickly had a run of success.