The distraction is over -- at least for now.
Clemson offensive coordinator Chad Morris was a top candidate for several head coaching vacancies this offseason, as he interviewed for both the NC State job and the Texas Tech job. Neither worked out, and while it's unfortunate for Morris that he'll have to wait for his first head coaching job, it's a big win for the Clemson program. It's only a matter of time before Morris finds the right fit and becomes a head coach, but with Morris on the sideline in 2013, and the possible return of quarterback Tajh Boyd, Clemson should be considered a front-runner to win the Atlantic Division next year and a dark horse contender for the national title -- dark horse because the defense has yet to prove it is championship caliber.
Morris spoke with reporters on Saturday for the first time in three weeks and explained that he wants to be selective when searching for his first head coaching job.
“The one thing I know about this business is you get one shot at it,” Morris said, according to the Post and Courier. “It has to be on my terms. ... That way if it doesn’t work out, hey, I did it and I had every resource.”
Morris said that money is not a make-or-break factor.
“It has nothing to do with money at this stage,” Morris said, “From a head coaching salary (standpoint) it’s not about that. It’s about ‘have they won in the past?’ What is the commitment level?”
There is no questioning the commitment level at Clemson. Coach Dabo Swinney has paid a pretty penny for his coordinators, and the facilities and resources are all in place to produce a winner.
The Tigers should take advantage of two of their biggest assets -- Morris and Boyd -- while they still have them.