FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. - Clemson has its first ACC football championship in 20 years and its first major bowl berth in three decades because of its offense.
Chad Morris, take a bow.
Morris, hired away from Tulsa and named 51 weeks ago by Tigers Coach Dabo Swinney, is finishing only his second season in college football. He has engineered a Clemson attack that has climbed from 87th to 29th in total offense.
Two years ago, Morris was one of the top high school coaches in the state of Texas, winning back-to-back state championships at Lake Travis
Last month, with Ohio State's Urban Meyer seeking an offensive coordinator and home state Houston seeking a head coach, Clemson gave Morris a reported six-year, $7.8 million deal as offensive coordinator - making him the highest paid assistant coach in college football.
At the Orange Bowl - a first BCS appearance for 14th-ranked Clemson - Morris seems appreciative as well as matter-of-fact.
"As a coach, you set goals for yourself as you do for your team," Morris said at a press conference here. "My goal was to be a college coach by the time I turned 40, or to at least have an opportunity to coach college football.
"At 41 I had that opportunity. I actually had it before then, but it just was not the right situation or the right place. Taking an opportunity to go to Tulsa (that) year, no one envisioned that you'd be sitting in quite the stage that we're in right now this quick after coming to Clemson just a year ago."
With Morris running the Tulsa offense, the Golden Hurricane went from 5-7 to 10-3. After he took over the Tigers' offense, the ACC program went from 6-7 to 10-3 entering its 8:30 p.m. Wednesday kickoff at Sun Life Stadium with No. 23 West Virginia (9-3).
"It has been great," Morris said of his experience in the last two years. "I don't have time to kind of sit back and look and analyze things. We'll do that probably here in a few weeks.
"When we get a little bit of time off, we can sit back and think, 'Wow, we had a good season or, 'We had a great season.' But as a coach your mind always works. What do we have to improve on and what do we have to do to get better and what kind of recruits do we need to go get to get better?
"We have to fix some of the problems that we have. There will be time, and it is great. I've been very blessed, but we've got work to do. We're going to enjoy it, but we're going to go to work and get things done that need to get done."
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MORRIS SAID the Mountaineers present a different challenge to the Tigers' offense, which is averaging 33.6 points and 440.6 yards per game.