Clemson’s football program is back on track after the coach of the team’s most recent championship season left his position last week.
The Tigers announced Thursday that offensive coordinator Chad Morris resigned after being removed by head coach Dabo Swinney, who said in a statement the coach had been “inconsistent and unable to maintain focus on his duties and responsibilities as Clemson’s offensive coordinator.”
The departure of Morris comes after a tumultuous spring for the Tigers.
Morris had been at Clemson since 2011, and was credited with building the program into one of the nation’s top programs in terms of recruiting.
In his statement, Morris said, “I am excited to be returning to my alma mater to take on a new challenge with the Clemson football program.”
The news of Morris’ departure comes as Clemson continues to look to build on its title success, which has produced five straight BCS bowl appearances and six top-25 finishes.
The Panthers have a solid foundation with quarterbacks coach Tim Tebow and tight ends coach Steve Fuller.
But they’re in the middle of a rebuilding process, as they’ve lost starting offensive tackle Alex Mack, who was taken with the fifth overall pick in the 2017 NFL draft, defensive end Shaq Lawson, who led Clemson in tackles last season and cornerback Rashad Thomas, who signed with the Titans.
In 2018, Clemson will look to add a new coach in the class of 2019.