…He attended Texas A&M University and earned a bachelor’s degree in mathematics with a minor in statistics in 1992. Morris is atypical among NCAA Division I head football coaches in that he did not play football at the college level. He is one of only four such coaches along with Paul Johnson at Georgia Tech, David Cutcliffe at Duke, and Mike Leach at Washington State.
Interesting guy. I am getting more intrigued by him.
I’ve wanted Morris since early in the season, when it became obvious CBB was’nt going to get it done. He was my 1st choice, even preferred him over Gus. If the PTB don’t hurry and get this done Tenn will!
I don’t want someone who will be just passing through like Kiffin (always been a gypsy) or Venables (just waiting to replace Snyder at his alma mater). Brohm is waiting for the Louisville job to open up so he can go back home. It should not be long before Petrino wants to or is told to move on. Sumlin failed at A&M where he had better athletes than he will get at Arkansas. Norvell is a possibility but he inherited a good program and did not build it himself. Considering how low they were when he got there, Morris has built something pretty good and headed to being back at SMU. Overall record won’t impress the masses but people that know think he has done a hell of a job at SMU. We got a rebuilding project at Arkansas. Unless a surprise bigtime candidate comes along, he seems to be the best choice to me. Who do you have that’s better?
If Brohm got in the SEC, I’m not buying him going home to Louisville unless he is trying to get out before he gets fired. That makes less sense that Gus “going home” to Arkansas.
The resources at Louisville for football are just not comparable to what he would have at any SEC school other than Vandy. The only reason BP went back to Louisville is because they were the only Power Five school with a decent program that was willing to hire him. If an SEC school had called, he would have taken that gig over Louisville in a heartbeat.
Louisville is also in a precarious spot in the ACC pecking order. Clemson, Miami, Virginia Tech and Florida State(despite this year’s debacle) are all stronger programs than Louisville, with Miami and VTech appearing to be on the rise. NC State is gradually getting better, and Louisville has had problems against some of the other schools as well.
Louisville’s recruiting base is weaker than ours, which is one of the most challenging in the SEC. They have to go elsewhere to get most of their guys, and don’t have an adjoining state with a combination of an alumni base/talent pool( like Texas) where they can mine a lot talent. They need to do well in Florida-like half the teams in the eastern part of the country.