Morris talks with CUTigers

One conversation with new offensive coordinator Chad Morris leaves little doubt- Clemson's offense is about to move to another stratosphere.

Once you get Clemson offensive coordinator Chad Morris talking about the possibilities with his new job, it's hard not to get excited.

And why not? The numbers speak for themselves as this former Tulsa offensive coordinator, who led literally one of the most explosive offenses in the nation a year ago, takes over in Tigertown, officially, later this week.

Talking with CUTigers Monday, Morris perhaps summed up his expectations best by simply saying, "It's going to be electric. It's going to be fast-paced. Our goal is to take our best athletes and match them up with their lesser athletes. We'll do it with formations, movement and shifting at a rapid pace.

"Clemson fans are going to be at the edge of their seat the entire time."

Morris, who said he will coach from the sidelines, not from the booth, said he's been given the keys by his new head coach to Clemson's new offensive attack.

In other words, he'll be calling the plays.

"It's funny because there will be some similar terminology [as the old offense] so that will help [the transition]," he said. "But he's (Dabo) handing me the keys. I had the same conversation with Coach [Todd] Graham (when coming to Tulsa). I'm going to put my name on it, I've got to be able to do what I know."

The move, of course, wasn't entirely unexpected.

Immediately after it was announced there were coaching changes underway with the current staff, CUTigers learned Morris was essentially at the top of Swinney's list of candidates.

He interviewed Monday afternoon and early Tuesday before heading back to Oklahoma.

Morris said he felt good leaving Clemson Tuesday after completing the interview, but that he didn't know for sure something was in the works until late Saturday night.

"After I left there Tuesday, we felt like there was a strong possibility it could happen," Morris said. "We were still a long ways off but I felt it late Saturday night.

"As a matter of fact my son went to be Saturday night and he wanted to know if he was a Clemson Tiger yet. I told him I didn't know and he got mad at me. Needless to say, he was happy by Sunday morning."

Given the idea there were other potential opportunities waiting for him this offseason, Morris said there were a number of reasons that attracted him to Clemson in general.

First on his list - the capability of the players already on the roster.

"That's a real easy thing for me to talk about," he said when asked, "Why Clemson?"

"Where they are right now offensively and where they are capable of going - the sky really is the limit. They have talent coming in and there's already plenty of talent in place there.

Dabo Swinney has landed one of the top up-and-coming offensive coordinators in the nation in Tulsa's Chad Morris. Morris will be on campus Wednesday to begin his new job. (Roy Philpott)
"I think the potential is endless. It's a diamond in the rough."

Morris also talked more in-depth about his offense and what Clemson fans can expect to see this fall.

"It's all about formations, movement, shifting and then doing it at a rapid pace. People talk about we are a spread offense, but we are also more of a two back offense that will line up in no back while featuring a lot of different movement," he said.

"We have about four or five different run plays but we'll do it out of many different looks. People are going to be on the edge of their seat the whole time. Our goal is to take three shots (downfield) a quarter. We'll do reverses and different things out our 'fire-alarm' package."

In addition, Morris also wanted to address another aspect of his coaching resume with CUTigers before the interview was completed - his high school background.

After coaching 16 years in the high school ranks in Texas (going undefeated each of his last two seasons), he joined Tulsa's staff to serve as the Golden Hurricane's offensive coordinator just a year ago.

Morris said that's nothing but a positive - especially when it comes to recruiting.

"The fact that I was a high school coach for so long (16 years) is nothing to be ashamed of," he said. "I take great pride in that because it allows me to be able to reach out and relate to every high school. We've got something in common," he said.

"When it comes to recruiting, I can relate to these coaches we'll be talking to."

Morris said he's also excited about talking more with his new team in the coming days- including quarterback Tajh Boyd.

"I talked to Tajh last night," he said. "You know it will be something different than those kids have ever been a part of. If they can withstand what I do in practice the games will take care of themselves."

Weather permitting, Morris will be on a 6 AM flight out of the Tulsa area Tuesday so that he can be in Clemson by noon.

And for him, obviously, it can't get here soon enough.

"I'm a high-energy guy," he said. "This team will feed off my emotion. My demeanor on the sidelines is very calm but if there's one thing to people are going to say who have played for me or coached with me, it's that, 'he's going to have fun.'

"That's something I can promise. This is going to be a lot of fun. When you take the offense that produced the all-time leading all-purpose yardage leader in NCAA history (Tulsa's Damaris Johnson) and bring it to Clemson. It's going to be a lot of fun." Top Stories