CLEMSON – Clemson offensive coordinator Chad Morris talked to the Clemson team before practice on Thursday in an effort to reassure anxious players. His message? Morris said he is committed to Clemson.
Clemson players had seen Morris’s name linked to head coaching opportunities. They had read Morris was at the Anderson Regional Airport on Tuesday to interview for the Texas Tech job. Clemson quarterback Tajh Boyd said Morris thought he was becoming a distraction.
“For me it wasn’t a distraction,” Boyd said. “We had a meeting before practice because there were guys (speculating) and he wanted to clear the air about all that. He wanted the players to know the type of commitment he has to the team. He said ‘Let’s get ready for LSU.’”
Morris kept key Clemson players updated about his status.
“I got to talk to him throughout the process,” Boyd said. “He said there were a lot of things that have to fall into place for him to be a head coach anywhere. There was a lot of speculation, a lot of talk going on. People saying he was in Lubbock already when he was here watching film. There was some people saying yesterday he was already gone.”
Morris also spoke one-on-one with Sammy Watkins.
“He talked about what he had planned for next year,” Watkins said. “He said he wasn’t leaving. … He said someone caught him at the airport.”
Morris seems likely to remain at Clemson for 2013 as the only major job opening remaining is Wisconsin, which is not a recruiting or philosophical fit for Morris.
Still, Boyd says he expects Morris rumors to be the new normal at Clemson.
“This is how it’s going to be every year,” Boyd said. “This offense is only going to keep getting better.”
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Boyd was asked if Morris had left would it have affected his decision whether to stay for his senior year or go pro. Boyd said it could have impacted his decision but he had not thought much about his future. A source told the Post and Courier Boyd is likely to return, but he’ll wait until receiving his draft projection before making a formal announcement.
Morris’ job hunt might be having a negative effect on Clemson’s recruiting. Four-star receiver prospect Bud Robinson decommitted from Clemson on Wednesday. Robinson is now committed to Florida. Clemson is still working hard on five-star defensive tackle Montravius Adams. Clemson had an in-home visit with Adams this wekk.