NORTHWESTERN COMMAND – It’s been a crazy day with a lot of movement on the college coaching front.
In case you actually focus on your job and avoid the Web and Twitter during work hours, you missed Gus Malzhan being hired at Auburn. You missed Wisconsin’s Bret Bielema being hired by Arkansas (a solid, but shocking hire). You missed Boston College hiring Temple’s Steve Addazzio and Baylor’s Art Briles receiving a new contract. This all happened this afternoon.
I think it was a good day for Clemson in regard to keeping staff stability.
You never want to make definitive statements during the coaching carousel season, so I won’t, but I think Clemson’s chances of keeping Chad Morris dramatically improved.
I am suggesting Morris was the top preference at these SEC schools? No. But I thought the trick-down could be dangerous for Clemson. I though some Texas-located, Big 12 coaches (Briles, Gary Patterson) might be in play in SEC country, which could open jobs in a region Morris is more comfortable with. A region that might be more comfortable with Morris. Instead the trickle-down hit the Big Ten and Arkansas State.
The only remaining major job open in the region is Tennessee.
Now maybe Morris would be willing to accept an Arkansas State-level job like Malzahn. Maybe a Louisville (if Strong departs) or Pitt would be interested. We are still early in the silly season.
But the Morris Remaining at Clemson Confidence Meter rose from 52% yesterday to 64% today at Northwestern Command.
Morris will eventually be a head coach somewhere. I’m 99 percent certain of this. But this offseason his price tag might be too high, combined with concerns about his lack of experience, for him to land a job he covets.
Clemson doesn’t need Morris for a decade. But to have a special season in 2013, staff continuity figures to be a key element. So Tuesday was a good day for Clemson.
SAPP SAYS GOODBYE
T.J. Sapp saw the writing on the wall.
He saw guards like freshmen Adonis Filer and Jordan Roper were gaining more and more minutes. Filer is averaging 21.7 minutes per game while Sapp is averaging 15 minutes per game like Roper. And to be honest, Filer might deserve more time as he has out-played Sapp in every facet of the game. Filer is a tough kid, a very intriguing player.
The sophomore guard saw two more talented incoming combo guards in Patrick Rooks and Austin Ajuwka entering next season.
Sapp wants to play so he made the right decision, a decision that will also help Clemson as it frees up more minutes and another scholarship.
What Clemson could really use is a deadly three-point shooter, a player who could open up space for Jaron Blossomgame, K.J. McDaniels and Filer next season. And like most teams, Clemson also needs size especially with Devin Booker and Milton Jennings both being seniors. Sophomore Bernard Sullivan
Clemson coach Brad Brownell is assembling an interesting young roster and he now has an opportunity to find another key piece.