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.
But Morris' time will come. The development of sophomore quarterback Tajh Boyd ensures that. Boyd has completed 62.5 percent of his passes, with 19 touchdowns and just three interceptions.
Clemson has hung 38 points on Auburn, 35 on Florida State and 56 on Maryland, in a stirring comeback last Saturday. Clemson hosts North Carolina this week and figures to go into next week's game at Georgia Tech still in national championship contention.
"They believe that there's no deficit too big, there's no one they think they can't line up and play and beat," Morris told the Charleston Post & Courier. “You saw that really come together (against Maryland) … any championship team I've been a part of has had to overcome adversity.”