Much was made in recent weeks over the fact that Clemson, faced with the possibly of losing Chad Morris to Ohio State, gave the offensive coordinator a long-term contract extension, a move that made him the highest-paid assistant in college football with Gus Malzahn‘s departure from Auburn for the head-coaching job at Arkansas State.
Perhaps the most interesting facet of Morris’ new deal is that he’s now signed through the 2017 season, while his boss is only signed through 2014. The Tigers have stated publicly that they would like to sign Dabo Swinney to a contract extension as well, although those talks have yet to take place.
Swinney put the onus on the university to get a deal done given the fact that he doesn’t “have many years left”, which no doubt could be used against him on the recruiting trail.
“It’s up to them,” Swinney said. “It’s kind of their call. I don’t really make that call. I just either listen or reciprocate or whatever, but I don’t have many years left. I’m just kind of here chilling right now. The ball is in their court.”
The dynamic that currently exists at the school — Morris signed for three more years than Swinney — will likely be rectified at some point in the not-too-distant future, although it’s certainly something to keep an eye on.