Any time a new head coach takes over a college football program, one of the first items on the agenda is to smooth things over with the former players that have played for the program. Sometimes a coaching change comes about under a stressful situation with the removal of a beloved head coach. Other times the program has sunk so low that even former players are blasting it from afar. Chad Morris is no idiot, and he knows the rebuilding of SMU is going to take all the help it can get, so why not extend a hand to those who came before him at SMU?
Morris attended a recent SMU basketball game with former SMU defensive back Sterling Moore, now in his fourth season with the Dallas Cowboys, according to The Dallas Morning News. Morris has also reached out to former SMU receiver Cole Beasley, in his third season with the Cowboys. Beasley told the Dallas newspaper he intends to stop by the SMU program at some point in the future to talk to the team and meet the new SMU head coach.
It always helps having the support of the former players behind you when you are a football coach. Not that their opinions ultimately sway the decision-making, but it makes for an easier time moving forward when the support is there. Now, if Morris can smooth things over with one of the greatest players to come out of SMU, Eric Dickerson, then Morris will be in business.
In early September, Dickerson took a flame thrower to his former program, taking aim at the state of the program, the potentially missed opportunity to find a spot in a power conference and more. Odds are when Morris does eventually get a chance to talk things over with Dickerson and chat about the plans for the future of the program, Morris will receive the support of Dickerson. Dickerson’s heated comments came from frustration with the state of his once-proud program. He, like any loyal SMU Mustang, just wants to see the Pony Express ride again.