Clemson OC has ties to Holgorsen

January, 1, 2012
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Incredibly enough, Clemson offensive coordinator Chad Morris was coaching high school football just a few years ago in the state of Texas.

And who did he meet back then? None other than West Virginia coach Dana Holgorsen, who was an assistant at Texas Tech and Houston at the time.

"I had met Dana at a couple clinics down in College Station at the Lone StarClinic," Morris said. "I met him there and listened to him speak. Obviously his time at the University of Houston they'd recruit in our areas. And then when he moved on to Oklahoma State, we played against him when I was at Tulsa. So as far as just meeting him, knowing him, and I've met him a couple times, I know he's a very sharp-minded football coach on the cutting edge, and that's always great to see, how he grows his offense. They definitely have those guys going.

"As a high school coach in state of Texas, that is one of the guys that you always looked at, and again, always on the cutting edge of things."

Indeed, it was Todd Graham who gave Morris his first opportunity on the collegiate level, hiring him to serve as offensive coordinator at Tulsa in 2009. Holgorsen and Graham had some bad blood between them during that time. After Houston beat Tulsa that season, Holgorsen had accused Graham of having his players fake injuries to slow down his tempo.

Holgorsen and Graham said back in November they had worked out their differences. After the success he had at Tulsa, Morris moved on to Clemson this season and just got a huge raise. He also likes to run a quick tempo, just like Holgorsen, which is why all eyes will be on these offenses come Wednesday in the Discover Orange Bowl.

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