SMU says it has hired Clemson offensive coordinator Chad Morris as its new head coach.

The 45-year-old Morris is a Texas native and longtime high school coach in the state. He has been Clemson's offensive coordinator since 2011 and is one of the highest paid assistants in college football, making $1.3 million per season. Over four seasons, he has helped the Tigers to a 41-11 record, the 2011 ACC championship and four bowl berths.

Morris' first college job was as offensive coordinator at Tulsa under Todd Graham in 2010. He up-tempo spread offense has produced record-setting results during his stint at Clemson.

The Mustangs (0-11) have one game left in a winless season, during which coach June Jones stepped down after two games. They play Saturday at Connecticut.