Guy Morriss returning to a head coaching job

January, 7, 2009
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Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Griffin

Several Texas media outlets are reporting that former Baylor coach Guy Morriss will return to the state as the head football coach at Texas A&M-Commerce.

The Dallas Morning News reported that Morriss is excited about his chance to coach at the Division II school in Commerce, Texas.

Morriss was the head coach at Baylor from 2003-07. After he was fired by Baylor, he was the offensive line coach at Kentucky State. His record at Baylor was 18-40.

The new job will provide Morriss with a chance to be close to family members in the state.

"The quality of football is good and as a coach, you really appreciate that," Morriss told the News. "And it afforded me a chance to be the head coach. I think this can be a heck of a program."

I've known Guy Morriss for nearly 20 years -- back to his playing days with the Philadelphia Eagles and New England Patriots. He was a line coach on a Canadian Football League team that I covered in San Antonio where we had the opportunity to talk on almost a daily basis. 

And the one thing that always impressed me about Morriss was his passion for the game. I remember him telling me about the few months he spent as a head coach of the Washington franchise in a the Professional Spring Football League. He told of sleeping in the locker room to cut expenses as he helped prepare that fledgling franchise for a season that never got off the ground.

That being the case, I don't think Morriss will have any culture shock about coaching in the Lone Star Conference, which has the reputation of being among the very best in Division II.

I just think that Morriss will be happy to be back as a head coach again, in a place where he might be able to grab some chicken-fried steak with cream gravy for lunch. Having the chance to ride his Harley through some picturesque Texas highways will only be a plus.

So I'm betting he'll be very happy with his new position.

Texas A&M-Commerce was 5-5 last season under former coach Scotty Conley, who was let go at the end of the season.

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