A&M Commerce hires former Baylor coach Morriss

Texas A&M University-Commerce president Dr. Dan Jones and athletic director
Carlton Cooper announced today the hiring of Guy Morriss as the new head
football coach.

³We are very excited to have Guy Morriss join our Lion athletic family. He
brings a wealth of football knowledge and relationships to our program,²
said Cooper. ³When we started this search, we were looking for a football
coach to take our program in a new direction and build a program nationally
recognized. We have selected the right person by choosing Guy Morriss to
lead our football program.²

The former head coach at Baylor University from 2003-2007 and the University
of Kentucky from 2001-2002 brings an impressive background that includes a
15-year playing career in the NFL. Morriss attended Sam Houston High School
in Arlington and later Texas Christian University in Fort Worth. He then
went on to the NFL where he played for the Philadelphia Eagles (1973-1983)
and the New England Patriots (1984-87). As a player, he participated in
Super Bowl XV with the Eagles and Super Bowl XX with the Patriots.

Following his playing days, Morriss began his coaching career as an
offensive line coach with the New England Patriots from 1988 to 1989 under
head coach and NFL Hall of Famer Raymond Berry. After spending a season as
the offensive coordinator at Mansfield High School in 1991, Morriss was
selected as head coach of the Washington Marauders of the Professional
Spring Football League in 1997, but the league ceased operations prior to
the start of the season.

From 1992 to 1993, he coached the offensive line at Valdosta State
University before returning to the NFL in 1994 as a member of Buddy Ryan's
Arizona Cardinals staff. Morriss then spent the 1995 campaign with the
Canadian Football League's San Antonio Texans, where they were second in the
CFL in points scored and advanced to the semifinals of the Grey Cup
playoffs. He spent the 1996 season as the offensive line coach at
Mississippi State before moving on to the University of Kentucky. At
Kentucky, he spent four seasons as the assistant head coach and offensive
line coach before being promoted to head coach. In Morriss' two seasons as
Kentucky's head coach, 10 Wildcats earned All-SEC recognition, three were
named All-American and 43 garnered academic All-SEC honors.

Morriss was then named the head football coach at Baylor University on
December 11, 2002. As the Bears¹ head coach, Morriss was instrumental in
raising over $10 million towards football projects including a new on-campus
practice facility: The Highers Athletic Complex & Simpson Athletics and
Academic Center also including the Lee and Elaine Harrington Recruiting
Center. His student-athletes were successful on and off the field as 58
student-athletes earned academic all-Big 12 Conference honors and 37 earned
all-Big 12 Conference athletic recognition. He also revised and improved the
Baylor strength and conditioning, academic support services and disciplinary
programs that have been carried on through the remainder of the athletic
department.

During the 2008 season, Morriss served as the executive associate head coach
for football development and offensive line coach at Kentucky State
University in Frankfort, Kentucky. At KSU, he had an offensive lineman earn
second team all-conference honors as well as another named to the
all-academic team. The Thorobreds offensive line averaged 168.8 yards on the
ground and another 183.4 yards through the air.


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