Sunday, December 4, 2011

Clemson coach Swinney can't be this naive

I hate spin. That's when a public figure responds to a media question with the most convenient answer, rather than the most accurate one.

But I'd rather believe Clemson coach Dabo Swinney was spinning Sunday night when he said he didn't have "any doubts'' offensive coordinator Chad Morris would stay, barring an offer to be head coach of a BCS football program.

I believe Swinney when he says there were weeks of discussions to increase Morris' compensation. I believe Swinney when he says Morris' goal is to be a head coach in a BCS conference.

But when someone as dynamic as new Ohio State coach  Urban Meyer comes calling, with the resources to pay a lot of money, you listen. Morris certainly sounded like he was assessing his options, following Clemson's 38-10 victory over Virginia Tech in the ACC title game.

Three years ago Morris was a Texas high school coach. Now he's among the hottest commodities in college football. He's that innovative. As I've written frequently, Morris applies a basketball concept -- forcing tempo -- to a football problem.

He believes anything short of 80 offensive snaps per game fails his quota. The idea is to exhaust and confuse the opponent.

He has great toys to play with in Tajh Boyd, Sammy Watkins and Dwayne Allen. But to suggest that retaining Morris was a layup, well...

At best, it's spin. Sure hope it wasn't naive.

-- Rick Bonnell

14 comments:

Anonymous said...

http://www.tigernet.com/view/story.do?id=10213

Anonymous said...

I love your condescending tone, this notion that since Ohio State might be interested he'd automatically jump from "little 'ole Clempson."

Anonymous said...

You are way to naive yourself... OSU is going on suspension and that job is no better than Clemson right now. The contract is signed so I guess Dabo knew what he was talking about...

Anonymous said...

153 yds of offense. I hope Clemson keeps this guy. At 1-3 I hope they keep dat Boy too!

Anonymous said...

Bonnell please do us a favor and goback to the Bobcats reporting and stay the hell away from any attempt to report on Clemson. You are clueless.

Anonymous said...

The Gamecocks DC Ellis Johnson likes Morris staying at Clemson.

Anonymous said...

Bonnell LOL. Just look at his photo and enough said, takes self way too serious

Anonymous said...

Two things:

1) Maybe Dabo was real confident?? I really dislike media member who pretend to be all knowing.

2) Crow it up Cock lovers. Even with the 3 game steak, Clemson is STILL 21-10-1 in my life time against South Carolina, including four(4) 4-game win streaks.

Damn right you ain't Clemson.

Anonymous said...

Contract signed.
'Nuff said.

Anonymous said...

Swinney is the definition of naive! When he defends his beloved Clemson he needs to get it right after all they are USCC University of South Carolina Clemson. Just like University of North Carolina Charlotte is UNCC

Anonymous said...

Contract signed.
'Nuff said.

Seriously? You think that's going to hold him down to Clempson?

Anonymous said...

Hey 21-10-1....that was then. THIS is now. Enjoy your old headlines all you want. USC may not 'OWN' Clemson, but Spurrier OWNS Dabo.

Hey, what happened to your backetball team vs the Gamecocks. You'd THINK they'd have been out for some revenge.

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hahaha tell me about it, I thought about the same when I first heard about this on the news, he is really naive!!