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Chad Morris interviews for Texas Tech vacancy

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Three days after Tommy Tuberville stunned many/most/everybody by leaving Texas Tech for Cincinnati, Kirby Hocutt continued  what was certainly an unanticipated search for a new head football coach.

According to Greg Wallace of OrangeAndWhite.com, the athletic director confirmed that he would be interviewing Clemson offensive coordinator Chad Morris for the vacancy.  Hocutt acknowledged the interest at an Anderson, SC, airport, where he met the coordinator ahead of the interview.

Morris declined comment on the situation.

In two years with the Tigers, Morris has transformed CU’s offense into one of the most explosive and prolific in the country.  Morris, though, has just three years experience at the collegiate level, spending 16 years as well-respected high school coach in Texas before becoming the coordinator at Tulsa in 2010.

Despite that relative inexperience, he was also connected to the North Carolina State opening earlier this month.

One report pegged Morris and current Texas A&M offensive coordinator/former Texas Tech quarterback Kliff Klingsbury – who reportedly interviewed today as well — as the front-runners for the job, with Tech’s decision possibly coming by the weekend.  Hocutt has not publicly stated any type of time frame for a hire.

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8 Responses to “Chad Morris interviews for Texas Tech vacancy”
  1. jimbo75025 says: Dec 12, 2012 1:14 AM

    If I was a Texas Tech booster, I would be calling for Kirby Hocutt’s head and then let his replacement hire the new coach.

    The way the whole Mike Leach thing was handled screwed that program. Texas Tech has gone from a number one ranking to largely forgotten in the span of just a few years.

  2. v2the4 says: Dec 12, 2012 2:25 AM

    when was Texas Tech ever ranked #1? after they beat #1 ranked Texas on the Crabtree td with two seconds left in 2008, they went from #7 to #2 in the rankings, then lost the next week to Oklahoma 65-7…

    that was also the year where UT, OU and Tech were all 7-1 in the big 12 south, with UT beating OU, OU beating Tech and Tech beat OU…four tie breakers didnt end the tie and on the 5th tiebreaker OU won the big 12 south with a better overall bcs ranking over UT (OU-4 UT-5)..

    OU, who set the record for points scored in a season, beat Missouri in the big 12 title game for the second straight year, and then would lose to Florida in the BCS title game 24-10

  3. thegamecocker says: Dec 12, 2012 8:35 AM

    @v2the4

    Easy big fella…the point is TT deserves to be where they are now because they had an EXCELLENT coach and forced him out based on Craig James. I must say, I don’t miss Craig James on ESPN at all. But, the folks at Texas Tech miss Mike Leach more than many imagined. And Texas Tech at #1

  4. thekingdave says: Dec 12, 2012 2:01 PM

    @jimbo75205

    That wouldn’t really make much sense since Hocutt was Miami’s AD at the time of Leach’s firing.

  5. jimbo75025 says: Dec 12, 2012 2:28 PM

    @thekingdave

    Thank you for correcting my error. I had thought it was the same AD, but goes further to prove my point that Texas Tech is now off the national radar.

    @v2the4

    Once again, point taken. I thought that they had risen to #1 following the victory over Texas. Let me rephrase my statement to receiving votes as the #1 team in the country as this should be accurate.

  6. 8to80texansblog says: Dec 12, 2012 2:37 PM

    Mike Leach definitely had that program going places. I really worry that Tech is going to tab one of their old stars, Kliff Kingsbury, and steal him away from my Aggies. He has obviously done a great job with Manziel and this offense, creating one of the best offenses in the nation in a conference known for defense.

    I know Kingsbury interviewed, so at this point… Go Chad Morris I guess.

  7. jonkybon says: Dec 12, 2012 3:29 PM

    There are other candidates. I am of the belief that the candidate that interviews last is in reality the school’s first choice.

    Morris was interviewed after Kingsbury, but the AD then flew to Nashville to interview Jerry Gray (Tenn Titan’s DC). Following that interview, the plane was bound for Tuscaloosa. Unfortunately, none of the writers I have been reading mentioned a name at Alabama.

    One writer even indicated the AD preferred to hire a defensive guy and not an OC. We’ll see.

  8. burgandy2260 says: Dec 12, 2012 7:00 PM

    Nobody seems to be looking at Bob Diaco from the Irish huh?

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