Chad Morris Named New SMU Football Coach

Morris replaces June Jones who resigned in September

Clemson offensive coordinator Chad Morris was introduced Monday as the new head football coach at Southern Methodist University.

The Mustangs (0-11) have one game left in a dreadful season, during which coach June Jones stepped down after two games. They've been outscored 441-97 and end the season next Saturday at Connecticut.

The 45-year-old Morris is a Texas native and longtime high school coach in the state. He has been Clemson's offensive coordinator since 2011 and is one of the highest paid assistants in college football, making $1.3 million per season.

Morris acknowledged speaking with SMU representatives about the position after Clemson's game Saturday.

"We all know, I do have a goal, I'd love to be a head coach one day," Morris said after the Tigers beat South Carolina 35-17. "When and where, we'll find out soon enough if it's part of the plan. If not, I'm extremely happy here and I love this group of guys. How `bout that?"

SMU athletic director Rick Hart did not return a text message left by the AP on Sunday night.

Morris' first college job was as offensive coordinator at Tulsa under Todd Graham in 2010.  He up-tempo spread offense has produced record-setting results during his stint at Clemson.

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