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Report: Chad Morris, Tom Herman on SMU short list

The Mustangs are reportedly targeting two Texas expats to replace June Jones.

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Clemson offensive coordinator Chad Morris, Ohio State offensive coordinator Tom Herman and former Arkansas and Ole Miss head coach Houston Nutt are on the short list of potential head coaches as SMU, according to Football Scoop:

Both Morris and Herman have ties to the state of Texas, with Morris making his name as a top high school coach in the state and Herman serving previous stints on the staffs at Texas, Rice, Texas State, Sam Houston State and Texas Lutheran. Nutt has never coached in Texas, but has recruited the state while at Arkansas, Arkansas State, Oklahoma State and Boise State, and has extensive head coaching experience.

For what it's worth, Football Scoop thinks the job will eventually go to Morris.

Wednesday's rumors come just days after a report indicating that former Texas coach Mack Brown had been contacted by SMU about the vacancy. Brown's attorney indicated that he did not expect Brown to take any coaching job at the moment, but that Brown would likely be interested in returning to coaching in December. Another former Longhorn, Major Applewhite, applied for the job in September.