Dabo Swinney said Wednesday that he would fully support offensive coordinator Chad Morris should he decide to take the head coaching job at Texas Tech. Swinney said he is not surprised the Red Raiders are interested and he’s not worried about replacing Morris should he decide to head to Lubbock.
“It’s a Clemson offense, not a Chad Morris offense,” Swinney said. “It’s a Clemson offense. We hired Chad because that’s what we wanted to do philosophically because of the people that you have here. I think one thing that hopefully we’ve demonstrated in four years is we can take players and be creative with them and have success.”
Swinney said as far as he knows Morris has not been offered the job yet. Texas Tech athletic director Kirby Hocutt interviewed Morris Tuesday in Anderson. Hocutt has indicated he would like to make a hire as soon as possible, but doesn’t plan to rush into anything. Texas A&M offensive coordinator Kliff Kingsbury is also a candidate for the job. Tennessee Titans defensive coordinator Jerry Gray could also be in play for the job.
Morris has been linked to jobs at NC State, Auburn and South Florida over the past two weeks, even interviewing with the Wolfpack and Tigers. Swinney said the coaching talk hasn’t been a distraction with bowl prep and understands why schools are interested in Morris and why Morris is willing to interview.
“He’s a quality coach, that’s why I hired him,” Swinney said. ‘He’s done a great job here and if the right opportunity presents itself, you know that will be a great situation.”
Swinney said he hasn’t heard the rumor that should Morris land the Texas Tech job that Tigers defensive coordinator Brent Venables could join him on the Red Raiders staff. Venables played with Texas Tech AD Kirby Hocutt at Kansas State.
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