Nov. 18, 2007
Waco, Texas -
Waco, Texas -Guy Morriss will not return as Baylor's head football coach for the 2008 season, Director of Athletics Ian McCaw announced Sunday afternoon.
"I informed Coach Morriss today that we are making a change in the leadership of our football program and he will not be returning as head coach," McCaw said. "I want to publicly express my appreciation to Coach Morriss for his contributions to the Baylor football program over the past five years. The football program is on a more solid foundation than it was when he arrived at Baylor."
In five seasons at Baylor, Morriss registered an 18-40 overall record, including a 3-9 mark in 2007. His most successful season along the Baylor sideline came in 2005, when the Bears finished 5-6 overall, won multiple Big 12 games (two) in the same season for the first time ever, registered the program's first-ever Big 12 Conference road victory with a 23-13 win at Iowa State and dropped a pair of overtime games at Texas A&M and Oklahoma.
"The Board of Regents and I have the utmost confidence in Ian McCaw's leadership in the search for our new head football coach," Baylor President Dr. John Lilley said. "I have asked Ian to work expeditiously to locate the best candidate to lead Baylor Football into a new era. I look forward to receiving his recommendation soon."
A search for the Bears' 25th head football coach will begin immediately, according to McCaw.
"A national search will begin immediately to identify and recruit the very best person to lead Baylor football into the future," McCaw said. "I ask for the support of the Baylor family as we enter into this vitally important process.
"There is no precise timetable for the search," he added. "I will be utilizing the services of a search consultant to assist in the identification and evaluation of candidates who are capable of establishing a winning football program at Baylor that exhibits integrity and academic excellence."
Baylor's assistant coaches will remain in place to continue their work with the student-athletes in the program, recruit and oversee program operations. The program's three coordinators (Lee Hays, Larry Hoefer and Kasey Dunn) will work together to provide leadership of the program until the search is completed.
"I will have no further public comments regarding the search process or the status of any candidates until the time of the announcement of our next head football coach," McCaw said.
Statement From Baylor University Head Football Coach Guy Morriss:
"I would like to thank Baylor University for giving me the opportunity to be the head football coach for the past five years. Jackie and I have made a great many friends, both at Baylor and in the Waco community.
"I have spoken to the players and coaches earlier but would like to thank them publically for their hard work and efforts on the field as well as in the classroom.
"I would also thank the fans that have been so supportive. I believe they are some of the best fans in the country and care about the Bears.
"I believe the football program is in better condition now than when I inherited it. I wish Baylor well in all future endeavors.
"Thank you, and God bless."