Washington State Football Notebook: Offensive coordinator Eric Morris is said to be one of two candidates for the job as Texas State head coach

PULLMAN — Washington state offensive coordinator Eric Morris is one of two candidates to fill the vacant position of Texas state head coach, according to a report by Austin (Texas) statesman Keff Ciardello.

Ciardello tweeted Wednesday that Morris and Sam Houston state coach KC Keeler are up for the job. Texas State polled Tuesday via both Zoom and in-person interviews conducted later this week, with a report expected to make a decision this weekend.

A native of Littlefield, Texas, Morris played receiver at Texas Tech and spent 11 years coaching in his home state. He was offensive coordinator at his alma mater from 2013-17 and then directed the FCS program at Incarnate Word during his four-year residency in San Antonio (2018-21). Led by one of the most prolific passing offenses in the country, UIW recorded its best season in program history in 2021, recording 10 wins and advancing to the second round of the FCS playoffs.

Morris took the OC job at WSU this offseason and installed a balanced version of the air attack offense. UIW quarterback Cameron Ward accompanied Pullman.

The Cougars’ offense saw mixed results in their first season with Morris at the helm. WSU (7-5, 4-5 Pac-12) finished the regular season in the conference eighth on offense (27.3 points per game), ninth on offense overall (370.5 yards per game), as Seventh in passing offense (254.9 ypg) and ninth in rushing offense (115.6 ypg).

According to Ciardello’s report, Texas State also considered UIW coach GJ Kinne, who took over from Morris and led the Cardinals to another 10-win season that year. But Kinne is reportedly the favorite to take the head coaching job at Tulsa.

Stone selected as player analyst for Pac-12 title game

WSU edge rusher Ron Stone Jr., known for his exuberant personality and talkative nature, will join the Pac-12 Network television crew and provide analysis during the USC-Utah conference championship game Friday at 5 p.m.

“We’re all about unique opportunities for you guys here in Washington State,” coach Jake Dickert said earlier this week during a post-practice meeting captured by WSU’s social media team. “This is the first time ever in the Pac-12 championship game that they’re going to have a player analyst, someone on the pregame shows, someone with real experience.”

As the WSU captain, Stone won a first-team all-conference win last season, but his performance has declined this year. Stone finished the regular season with 31 tackles and four stops in the backfield, including two sacks.

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