Chad Morris has always been Chad Morris, of course, and a couple of videos unearthed this week prove that.
Seventeen years before he was named the head coach at Arkansas, Morris was a 32-year-old head coach at Bay City High School, a town near but not on the Texas Gulf Coast. After taking Elysian Fields to the Class 2A title game in 1998 and ’99, Morris had the Black Cats in the Class 4A state championship in 2000.
As you’ll see below, Morris then was the same guy as Morris now.
In 2000 I did a story on @coachchadmorris as his Bay City team prepared to play in the Texas state finals. Little did I know I’d cover him again 17 years later. (Don’t pay any attention to the young reporter in the story) pic.twitter.com/Er7d8A6esE
— Wess Moore (@Wess_Moore) December 13, 2017
Back in 2000 I followed @coachchadmorris and the Bay City Black Cats on their journey to a state title. We open up the video vault to show you what it looked like. (I wonder if Coach will let me in the locker room before the game next season?) pic.twitter.com/dzGjT28gZp
— Wess Moore (@Wess_Moore) December 14, 2017
Bay City beat Denton Ryan in that championship game by the odd score of 24-2.
He would remain at Bay City until 2003, when he took the job at Stephenville — Art Briles’s old school. A rough streak would lead him to make the trek to Arkansas to meet a fellow high school coach named Gus Malzahn. That meeting turned his Stephenville tenure around, eventually leading him to powerhouse Austin Lake Travis. That success put him on Tulsa’s staff as offensive coordinator, and a year later he was the offensive coordinator at Clemson.
But as these videos show Morris didn’t get to the big time by being someone else, and he didn’t change his approach once he got there. He’s been the same Chad Morris the entire time.