Love for game keeps Chad Morris in the game
Chad Morris had always planned to quit coaching.
During his years as a high school football and basketball coach, he had taken the exams to be an actuary. He also had taken tests to work for the FBI and DEA and to be a firefighter.
Every time Morris got close to taking another job, however, his players told him the same thing, “Coach, you can’t leave us.”
But for the first time in Morris’ coaching career, he wasn’t hearing those words in 2003 after he failed to lead tradition-rich Stephenville (Texas) High School to the playoffs in his inaugural season. It was the first time the Yellow Jackets had missed the postseason in 15 years.
Disappointed fans in the football-crazed Texas town put “For Sale” signs in his family’s front yard. He and his wife, Paula, were purposely not invited to some Christmas parties.
The worst was when a student in the sixth-grade class his wife taught wore a T-shirt with “Morris” inscribed in a circle and a line drawn through it.
Morris was already miserable enough. Each day after work, he was coming home and just lying on the couch.
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