Morris reaches new agreement to remain with Clemson

Chad Morris

CLEMSON – Dabo Swinney won an ACC title on Saturday and staff continuity on Sunday.

Clemson offensive coordinator Chad Morris agreed to a new contract with Clemson Sunday, ending speculation Morris might be a one-season-and-done candidate at the school.

Even as a number of suitors, including Ohio State, expressed interest in speaking with Morris, Swinney said he never doubted he would be able to retain Morris.

“Chad will be here,” Swinney said. “We’re real excited about that.”

Terms of Morris’ new contract were not immediately available but Morris will receive a significant enhancement over the four-year, $450,000 per season contract he signed earlier this year.

Clemson athletic director Terry Don Phillips anticipated interest in Morris and had been working on plan to keep the first-year coordinator since earlier in the season. Swinney said the deal had been in the works for several weeks.

“It was just a formality,” Swinney said.

Morris’ up-tempo, no-huddle offense has helped lead Clemson to a remarkable offensive turnaround from a season ago. Clemson ranked 88th in total offense last season (334.6 yards per game) and improved to 29th ranking in total offense this season (440.62 ypg).

Perhaps more remarkable is Morris’ own ascendance, rising from high school coach to an in-demand coaching commodity in three years. Morris was the offensive coordinator for one year at Tulsa, leading the Golden Hurricanes to the nation’s No. 5 offense in 2010.

Morris issued a statement in a release Saturday night.

“My wife Paula and our children, MacKenzie and Chandler, are very happy here,” Morris said. “This is where we want to be. This is a place where people are passionate about football.

“I am excited about the future of this program. 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.”

Reached by reporters after the Clemson’s ACC title win Saturday night, Morris said he was “committed” to Clemson but also said multiple schools had reached out to him.

“It is crazy right now,” Morris said. “It's the time of year....Have there been people who have contacted me? Yes.”

Of course the good news doesn’t stop with staff continuity for Swinney, who earned his own raise over the weekend.

With a conference title, Swinney’s contract calls for his base compensation to increase from $1.75 million to the median pay of the top seven compensated ACC coaches, which is approximately $2.2 million.