Three years ago, Chad Morris was Garrett Gilbert's high school coach at Lake Travis in Austin, Texas.
Two years ago, when Gilbert was Colt McCoy's backup quarterback at Texas U., Morris was coaching Lake Travis to its second straight state championship.
Last year, Morris was offensive coordinator at the University of Tulsa.
This year, Morris is offensive coordinator at Clemson, which is ranked seventh in the BCS and averaging 38 points a game. Morris' spread offense has rejuvenated a program that long has been underachieving.
“He's one of those rising stars,” Auburn offensive coordinator Gus Malzahn told foxsports.com. “The sky's the limit for him. He's got everything it takes to be a big-time college coach.”
Malzahn was Morris' predecessor as Tulsa's offensive coordinator and has served as a mentor for Morris.
Morris took the Clemson job last January, then in the same week TU coach Todd Graham left for Pitt. Morris was considered a candidate for the Tulsa job, which eventually went to Bill Blankenship.