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