The search for a new offensive coordinator at Clemson is underway and might have a lead candidate.
Clemson coach Dabo Swinney met with Tulsa offensive coordinator Chad Morris on Monday, sources confirmed.
In his first year at Tulsa this season, Morris led the Golden Hurricane to a fifth overall ranking in total offense (505 yards per game). Tulsa also ranked eighth in scoring offense, producing more than 40 points per game.
Morris runs a spread offense, which Swinney prefers, and runs his no-huddle offense at a rapid pace like the style Gus Malzahn employs at Auburn.
Morris picked up the style after taking a trip to study Malzahn in 2003 while the Auburn offensive coordinator was a prep coach in Arkansas.
This fall was Morris' first season at the college level. Prior to his stop at Tulsa, Morris took three high school programs to state titles in Texas.
At Lake Travis High, Morris coached Texas quarterback Garrett Gilbert to Gatorade National Player of the Year honors after Gilbert set state records in passing yards (4,884) and touchdowns (55).
Swinney is believed to be discussing the position with several other candidates before extending an official offer.
Reports have also connected Clemson to former Maryland coach Ralph Friedgen, who was fired after earning ACC Coach of the Year honors this season.
Swinney fired Billy Napier and running backs/special teams coach Andre Powell on Sunday less than 48 hours after Clemson had completed its first losing season in 12 years.
Clemson finished the season ranked 87th in total offense. Clemson has not been ranked in the top 50 of total offense nationally since 2006.