Clemson OC Morris staying put
CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) -- Clemson offensive coordinator Chad Morris says he's not going anywhere.
The school announced Sunday night that Morris has agreed to a new deal that will keep the first-year coordinator with the Tigers. Terms of the contract were not released, but the school said athletic director Terry Don Phillips would release them at a later date.
Morris received a four-year deal worth $450,000 a year when he was hired by Clemson after one season leading Tulsa's offense.
"This is where we want to be," Morris said in a statement.
Morris' fired-up attack helped No. 14 Clemson win its first Atlantic Coast Conference championship in 20 years with a 38-10 victory over Virginia Tech Saturday night. The Tigers (10-3) will face West Virginia in the Orange Bowl on Jan. 4.
Clemson coach Dabo Swinney said last week that at least five schools had contacted him about Morris. Swinney did not identify the programs, but said he felt confident Morris would remain with the Tigers until he was hired as a head coach at a BCS school.
The Tigers offense set school records for passing yards, total yards and scoring. They improved total offense by more than 100 yards a game over last year, rising from 88th in the country to 29th.
Quarterback Tajh Boyd set Clemson marks for passing yards, touchdown passes and total offense. Tailback Andre Ellington rushed for 1,062 yards and receiver Sammy Watkins caught 77 passes for 1,153 yards, just the third in school history its had a 1,000-yard runner and wideout.
Boyd, Ellington and Watkins are all expected back next season.
"I am excited about the future of this program," Morris said. "We have outstanding young players on this offense this year and I know we have some outstanding student-athletes who will be joining the program next year. We have a bright future and we feel we will continue to be one of the most explosive offenses in the nation."
Morris runs a fast-paced offense designed to wear out opponents. That's what the Tigers did in the league title game against Virginia Tech, scoring three touchdowns in less than five minutes of the third quarter to blow open a 10-10 game.
Before joining Tulsa in 2010, Morris was a high school coach in Texas, leading Lake Travis to two straight, 16-0, state championship seasons.
Morris was at Littlejohn Coliseum with the rest of the Tigers on Sunday, introduced at halftime of Clemson's basketball game with South Carolina. Morris had his cellphone up, taking video of the moment as the team was presented its ACC championship trophy.
"This is a place where people are passionate about football," Morris said.
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