Morris says meeting with Watson was "emotional" but also left him with peace


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Morris chats with Deshaun Watson during Saturday's win over South Carolina

Former offensive coordinator Chad MorrisChad Morris
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experienced a wide range of emotions this past weekend, coupling a satisfying win over South Carolina with the bittersweet knowledge of the players and the memories he was leaving behind.

Morris coached the Clemson offense in the Tigers’ 35-17 win over the Gamecocks Saturday afternoon – something he says is the high point of his Clemson career – and then on Sunday dealt with notifying his Clemson players that he was leaving to take the head coaching job at SMU.

The most emotional of those conversations occurred when he met with freshman quarterback Deshaun WatsonDeshaun Watson
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, a player that Morris recruited for an entire high school career and then coached him for one season with the Tigers.

Earlier this week Morris detailed the conversation with the talented signal caller and said that leaving Watson with offensive people he trusts – co-offensive coordinators Tony ElliottTony Elliott
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and Jeff ScottJeff Scott
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– made the decision easier.

“It was emotional. I had talked to him in-depth prior to talking to anybody,” Morris said during a radio interview on the Roy Philpott Show. “He kind of knew - I knew deep down he knew - and he is a part of my family and has been. I spent so much time recruiting that young man, and building a relationship with him. For him to handle it the way he did, and to just say, 'Coach, I respect it. I obviously wanted you to coach me but I understand.' And then he told me he loved me. But knowing he is left in great hands in a system that I feel like is the best in the country he isn't going to have to learn anything new. I am stepping out of my comfort zone, but as long as he doesn't have to step out of his comfort zone then I have peace with it and so does he. It was tough.”

Making sure that Elliott and Scott had the proper training to take over was something that Morris and head coach Dabo SwinneyDabo Swinney
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had planned for in the eventuality that Morris would leave for a head coaching job.

“Coach has a great plan and a great vision and we have talked extensively about that. We knew this day was eventually going to come, and we had talked about it through the process,” Morris said. “Knowing those players are taken care of and knowing the system is there is big. If you tried to change the system those players believe in they would sit back and go, 'whoa.' I think there is a sense of comfort knowing that system isn't going to change. The only thing changing is the guy calling the plays. But all of our staff as we game planned and talked through it, everybody had input. That staff has been together and I am just glad to know I am a part of Clemson history.”

Morris added that telling all of the offensive players of his plan to leave was hard, but feels peace because he feels like he left a better program than the one he joined in 2011.

“I always fall back into that same trap of getting so close to the players. But maybe that is what makes you so successful,” Morris said. “They see who you are. It has been emotional, emotionally up and down for Paula and the kids. A lot of excitement but I shed a few tears, and did Sunday when I walked in and personally talked to each one of our players on the telephone to personalize it. Of course, I had talked to them in person before that but I wanted them to hear my voice and respond back to me. It's been up and down, but I am truly excited. But when I took off Sunday and went over to Death Valley, I left in peace because I felt that program was better after four years than it was before I got there, from an offensive standpoint. If you can ever leave a place and know that you left it better and the future is bright, there is peace in that. “

He was asked about what memory from his tenure at Clemson will stand out, and he quickly pointed out that Saturday’s win was the high point.

“There are many, many great memories. But when you start looking I think the win Saturday was the climax of my four years there, without a doubt,” Morris said. “And that includes the Orange Bowl the Chick-fil-A Bowl win over LSU and the come-from-behind wins that we have had to do. But that win Saturday - knowing how much it meant to so many people - and you could just sense it in TigerWalk as we were walking through.

“You could sense a lot of, 'it's time. We are ready.' And we saved our best game of the year offensively for the last game of the year. From a win standpoint, that was it. Bottom line. I thank the fans and the university and all of our players. It was an incredible four years. They were the best four years of my career. I remember not just the wins, but the friendships and the highs and the lows and that is what it is all about. It's been a lot of fun, but there are great things ahead for the Clemson Tigers and that gives me great peace, especially after the big win we had Saturday afternoon.”


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New Story: Morris says meeting with Watson was "emotional" but also left him with peace
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Re: New Story: Morris says meeting with Watson was "emotional" but also left him with peace
Purple_Panther
its going to be different not seeing him on the sideline
Bleedorange09
Re: its going to be different not seeing him on the sideline
footballmanager
Unlike Dabo, Chad put aside emotions, made business decision***
Razzmatazz
Re: Unlike Dabo, Chad put aside emotions, made business decision***
tlever
Promoting Napier & SCelliOTT was emotional, not business.***
Razzmatazz
Re: Promoting Napier & SCelliOTT was emotional, not business.***
TigerDrewz
Nothing about the article just that his coot team got
Tiger5
Back to TAKING WHAT THE DEFENSE GIVES US
Tigerdrafted
Tell 'em coot
clemson80tiger
Re: Tell 'em coot
keith75®
Anything Else
theclash®
Re: Unlike Dabo, Chad put aside emotions, made business decision***
CRobb®
Hiring Chad was smart. Promoting Napier & SCellioTT, risky.***
Razzmatazz
Re: Hiring Chad was smart. Promoting Napier & SCellioTT, risky.***
TigerDrewz
He promoted unproven pals over proven OCs. Emotion ruled.***
Razzmatazz
Re: He promoted unproven pals over proven OCs. Emotion ruled.***
phonograf®
Re: He promoted unproven pals over proven OCs. Emotion ruled.***
Tigerdrafted
Re: He promoted unproven pals over proven OCs. Emotion ruled.***
phonograf®
There was a large part of the fanbase that criticized the
cornstock®
I was a Morris fan since Tulsa. I'm glad Dabo hired him too.***
Razzmatazz
Tulsa had Graham as head coach, now head coach at Arizona
tigertrain
Hiring, not firing***
tigertrain
Re: Tulsa had Graham as head coach, now head coach at Arizona
slumdog
Morris's Tulsa was #5 in total O, #6 in scoring. Lower risk!
Razzmatazz
Re: Morris's Tulsa was #5 in total O, #6 in scoring. Lower risk!
CU_Kobe_24®
Great track record? Napier, Steele, Morris, Venables. 50%.
Razzmatazz
So there are only two asst coaches per team???
BergenCU
Strong words for someone who just recently joined tnet***
GWPTiger®
you're out of line GWP... anyone can see he's a regular
york_tiger
Really?
SpillerHighLife
Re: Morris's Tulsa was #5 in total O, #6 in scoring. Lower risk!
cornstock®
Re: He promoted unproven pals over proven OCs. Emotion ruled.***
christiegofor
Hiring Chad was risky when Dabo hired him. Dude had ONE
tigertrain
Re: Hiring Chad was smart. Promoting Napier & SCellioTT, risky.***
Dugatiger®
Lol. ******
Swarley
numbnuts!!
tigersincepell®
Boo-freaking-who.
CUTiger1989®
Scoreboard bisnitch***
Tiger4lif3®
what a childish statement....***
epifunny
Dabo beats SC and you still can't be happy or give him
6317forever®
Happy about finally beating SCAR & sad about risky SCelliOTT***
Razzmatazz
Re: Happy about finally beating SCAR & sad about risky SCelliOTT***
phonograf®
Just an STS denizen who comes over here to stir the pot ...
DueWest
Re: Just an STS denizen who comes over here to stir the pot ...
OneJedi
Here's proof that you're wrong and intolerant...
Razzmatazz
Yup.......
BergenCU
Re: Here's proof that you're wrong and intolerant...
DueWest
More proof that your characterization of STS is wrong
CalvinCoolest
But, the comments immediately go into full "Fire Dabo" mode
apextiger®
I can refute your claim in five words.
argonaut1992
Dabo disliked Spence, Koenning. Promoted his pal, Napier.
Razzmatazz
You were mentioning somethig about speculation earlier?
BergenCU
Razzmacoot ain't foolin anyone
CTiger423®
Re: Unlike Dabo, Chad put aside emotions, made business decision***
footballmanager
Tell 'em Coot!! Razzmaazz***
RU4GOD2®
Why don't you just #### and go away? Tiger fans are sick of
Bashful Baron
Razz Ma ###..... tell 'em coot!***
RU4GOD2®
Name-calling & vulgarity from a man of God? Very Christian!***
Razzmatazz
Re: Name-calling & vulgarity from a man of God? Very Christian!***
RayHartFordTiger
I'm a Christian, like Dabo. Apparently unlike you & RU4GOD2
Razzmatazz
Are you judging?
BergenCU
Pointing out vulgar insults isn't judging.***
Razzmatazz
God didn't give you the right...
BergenCU
I don't have the right to express my opinion? Nice stretch!
Razzmatazz
Baseless, subjective negativity directed at others....
BergenCU
irony much***
york_tiger
Re: Pointing out vulgar insults isn't judging.***
RayHartFordTiger
b/c so many people take the guy with 15 scoks seriously
york_tiger
Re: Unlike Dabo, Chad put aside emotions, made business decision***
tbennett117®
Re: Unlike Dabo, Chad put aside emotions, made business decision***
RayHartFordTiger
Here's proof that you're wrong and intolerant...
Razzmatazz
You didn't just call someone, "wrong and intolerant",
BergenCU
I proved him factually wrong & gave examples of intolerance
Razzmatazz
I doubt you did any of that, but the point is,
BergenCU
how do you know about every post he's ever made?
york_tiger
If you are referring to Moriis' decision to take the SMU job
goodtiger
Re: New Story: Morris says meeting with Watson was "emotional" but also left him with peace
icebucket
Re: New Story: Morris says meeting with Watson was "emotional" but also left him with peace
kpttiger
Uh wait. I thought Jeff Scott called the plays against scar***
Willmo®
He CO-called the plays after walking across Lake Hartwell.***
Razzmatazz
The TRAP of getting too close to his players?
iTiger
Classy. Thanks, Coach Morris, and good luck***
TigerzzRoar®
Re: New Story: Morris says meeting with Watson was "emotional" but also left him with peace
kctigs81
HE WILL MAKE A HELLUVA GOOD HC
clemson7024
Pay It Forward
Miss80s
Ok, so this paragraph MAY have
CUinDE
Godspeed Coach! Just leave Watson here!!!
OneJedi
Definitely!
Dugatiger®
SCelliOTT promotion tends to disprove Napier-money motive
Razzmatazz
Re: SCelliOTT promotion tends to disprove Napier-money motive
catfan®
Yes, I read the party line. What else is Morris gonna say?
Razzmatazz
Hey razzamacaddy
BergenCU
Is that a Blue Caddy reference? How does someone who
GWPTiger®
Well I'm shane, umm I mean, SURE he has a legitimate reason***
cutigerbob®
Re: Yes, I read the party line. What else is Morris gonna say?
Dugatiger®
Re: SCelliOTT promotion tends to disprove Napier-money motive
Dugatiger®
Re: SCelliOTT promotion tends to disprove Napier-money motive
Dugatiger®
Re: SCelliOTT promotion tends to disprove Napier-money motive
Dugatiger®
Re: New Story: Morris says meeting with Watson was "emotional" but also left him with peace
TigerDrewz
Something OBC will never say "The TRAP of getting close to
Coothater®
Re: New Story: Morris says meeting with Watson was "emotional" but also left him with peace
I bleed orange
Coach Morris did a great job here. I wish him best at SMU***
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