Morris recalls the Meyer courtship

Chad Morris

CLEMSON - The market for Chad Morris hit its first boom shortly after Clemson concluded the 2011 season.

In 14 games during that ACC title winning campaign, Clemson set single-season offensive records for yards, yards per game, completions, passing yards, touchdowns, points and first downs.

Led by Tajh Boyd, Dwayne Allen, DeAndre Hopkins and Sammy Watkins, the Tigers accumulated nearly 4,000 yards passing. Andre Ellington chipped in with 1,100 yards rushing.

Urban Meyer couldn't help but take notice. After getting and up close and personal view of the hurry-up, no-huddle attack, he offered Morris the Ohio State offensive coordinator position.

The offer, of course, was respectfully declined.

"I was flattered and honored that he would reach out. He got back into the profession after taking a year off and very much intrigued by what we did offensively," Morris said. "It was something he wanted to do, a version of it. So, yes, when he reached out, we spoke several times about it. That's kind of what it was."

Their first encounter was in 2005, not long after Meyer arrived to Florida from Utah. Back then, Morris was the head coach at Stephenville High School in Texas.

"We spent four days with them and coach [Dan] Mullen and his staff, kind of learning some of the things that they've done and just kind of [brought] them back with us," Morris said. "That's kind of where [our] relationship first started."

So Morris was more than happy to share some of his secrets when Meyer was working as an analyst for ESPN in 2011.

"I think he called four of our games. I was able to talk to him quite a bit, kind of bounce ideas off of him," Morris said. "He's won a lot of games at a lot of places. He's a very good coach. So it was good to talk to him and how he used some of his players and some of the players we had, it was kind of bouncing ideas off of him.

"That's what you do. It's a big fraternity, you just kind of bounce ideas off of each other."

The two offensive minds will get to match wits on the scoreboard when Clemson takes on Ohio State in the Orange Bowl.

"Watching them, we trade film on them. Everybody gets each other's film. To watch them and see some of the wrinkles that they've done and added, you just kind of share ideas in this profession," Morris said.

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