Morris 'very, very happy' at Clemson, per Radakovich; staff raises could come after bowl game
CLEMSON - The first thing Clemson athletic director Dan Radakovich wanted to make clear is Chad Morris, for now, is still very much the Tigers' offensive coordinator.
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Asked by The Post and Courier if any other school has asked permission to speak with Morris, Radakovich said, "No. Not to me, not at this point in time."
Head coach Dabo Swinney said Sunday, before the entire coaching staff left for the week to recruit, he also had not heard from other schools interested in interviewing Morris for head coaching positions.
Morris' name was floated by CBS Sports as "a big player" in Wake Forest's search after Jim Grobe resigned Monday, but Wake has reportedly moved on to Ball State's Pete Lembo and Bowling Green's Dave Clawson.
Boise State and Wyoming are now the only other currently vacant FBS jobs, after the Broncos' Chris Petersen left for Washington to replace USC-bound Steve Sarkisian.
After Morris' first season in Clemson in 2011, he signed a two-year extension through 2017 making him the highest-paid assistant coach in college football at $1.3 million per year. There's not much more Clemson can offer to counter outside opportunities.
"I think Chad is very, very happy with his circumstance here," Radakovich said. "His next move, if there is one, would be to become a head coach."
As for raises and contract extensions, Radakovich wants to wait until after the bowl game to make determinations for second-year defensive coordinator Brent Venables and the other seven position coaches.
"It's been a good year. Any time you win 10 games as a member of the ACC, it's a great thing," Radakovich said. "We won seven within the conference, that's a huge positive. We've been in the top 10 nearly every week. Started off the year with a nationwide, eye-opening victory against Georgia. I mean, it's been a good year, and we want to make sure we can finish it out in good fashion as well."
Venables currently makes $800,000 annually in base and supplemental salary, and is under contract for the next three seasons. After more than a decade at Oklahoma, Venables inherited the No. 71 total defense in the country coming to Clemson in 2012; the Tigers are No. 21 this year.
"He's done a very, very good job," Radakovich said. "Obviously, recruiting has brought some very talented individuals here for him to work with, but Brent has done a great job, and really has the defense playing at a high level."
According to USA Today's 2012 figures, Clemson's on-field staff commanded the eighth-highest pool of salaries last year ($6.3 million), despite Swinney's own $2.05 million paycheck in 2012 ranking No. 39.
"I think that was something Dabo certainly looked at when he became a head coach, and saw that was a good recipe as it relates to that particular point in his career," Radakovich said, on Swinney taking less money to help pay his assistants more. "I think Dabo now has become an accomplished head coach. Whether that formula stays the same into the future, there's a lot of factors outside of our control as to whether or not that stays the way it is."