Report: Auburn courts Mor­ris

Former Lake Travis coach, now at Clem­son, is one of four can­di­dates.

Austin American-Statesman - - C SPORTS - Staff and wire re­ports 2009 amer­i­can-states­man The As­so­ci­ated Press contributed to this report.

Clem­son’s Chad Mor­ris, who has di­rected one of the most ex­plo­sive of­fenses in the coun­try the past two sea­sons as of­fen­sive co­or­di­na­tor, is be­ing courted as a po­ten­tial head coach at Auburn Univer­sity.

Mor­ris, who led Lake Travis to a pair of Class 4A state cham­pi­onships en route to the school’s un­prece­dented five in a row, has been con­tacted by Auburn for its head coach­ing va­cancy but has not yet in­ter­viewed for the job. The SEC school is con­duct­ing in­ter­views to re­place the fired Gene Chizik in Nashville, Tenn., a source fa­mil­iar with Auburn’s process told the Amer­i­can-States­man on Mon­day.

Mor­ris, who pre­vi­ously was of­fen­sive co­or­di­na­tor at Tulsa, was in­ter­viewed by North Carolina State as well but didn’t get that job. Dave Do­eren was hired by the Wolf­pack af­ter lead­ing North­ern Illi­nois to a sec­ond straight Mid-Amer­i­can Con­fer­ence cham­pi­onship and a berth in the Or­ange Bowl.

The source said Auburn has fo­cused its search on four can­di­dates, in­clud­ing Alabama de­fen­sive co­or­di­na­tor Kirby Smart and Louisville head coach Char­lie Strong.

Kansas State’s Klein wins Uni­tas Award: Collin Klein won the Johnny Uni­tas Golden Arm Award, given to the na­tion’s top up­per­class­man quar­ter­back.

Klein passed for 2,490 yards, ran for 890 and ac­counted for 37 touch­downs (22 rush­ing and 15 pass­ing) for the No. 7 Wild­cats (11-1).

The other fi­nal­ists were South­ern Cal­i­for­nia’s Matt Barkley, West Vir­ginia’s Geno Smith, Florida State’s EJ Manuel and Alabama’s AJ McCar­ron.

Florida hires former Ken­tucky coach: Joker Phillips joined the Ga­tors as re­ceivers coach and re­cruit­ing co­or­di­na­tor.

Phillips was a long­time re­ceivers coach be­fore tak­ing over at Ken­tucky in 2010. He went 13-24 in three years at Ken­tucky.

South Carolina gives Spurrier ex­ten­sion: Steve Spurrier re­ceived a two-year con­tract ex­ten­sion that will keep him with the Game­cocks through 2017.

There was no salary in­crease in the deal. Spurrier is sched­uled to again earn $3.3 mil­lion in 2013.

Note­wor­thy: The Univer­sity of Idaho an­nounced that Paul Petrino, the former of­fen­sive co­or­di­na­tor and quar­ter­backs coach at Arkansas, will be its new coach. He re­places in­terim coach Ja­son Gesser, who guided the Van­dals dur­ing the fi­nal four games af­ter Robb Akey was fired.

■ Penn State quar­ter­back Matt McGloin won the Burlsworth Award, given to the top col­lege foot­ball player who be­gan his ca­reer as a walk-on. McGloin helped the Nit- tany Lions to an 8-4 record, set­ting school records for yards pass­ing (3,266) and TDs (24) in a sea­son. The se­nior also holds the school mark for ca­reer pass­ing TDs (46).

■ North­ern Illi­nois stu­dents at­tend­ing the Or­ange Bowl won’t have to pay ad­mis­sion. The DeKalb, Ill., school an­nounced it is giv­ing each stu­dent one free ticket for the game against Florida State on Jan. 1, hop­ing to lure Huskies fans to Mi­ami for the first BCS game in the pro­gram’s his­tory and the first ever by a Mid-Amer­i­can Con­fer­ence team.

Chad Mor­ris won two Class 4A state ti­tles while the head foot­ball coach at Lake Travis.

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