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Baylor Fires Head Coach Guy Morriss

Posted by Matt on November 18, 2007

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Baylor University fired Guy Morriss after the team’s 12th straight Big 12 loss and after going 18-40 in five seasons, reports ESPN.com.  Morriss was the guy (no pun intended) whom current University of Kentucky head coach Rich Brooks replaced in 2003 amidst groans and ‘what ifs’ from the Bluegrass Nation.  At the time, Athletic Director Mitch Barnhart was unwilling to match the salary Guy wanted and Baylor was offering and considering Kentucky was still being punished by the NCAA for infractions from the previous administration, it was an easy decision for Morriss to go back to his home at Baylor.

And as much criticism as Brooks has garnered, looking back I wonder how many who wanted Morriss over Brooks at the time would be on the other side of the argument now that Kentucky has put together back-to-back 7-win seasons for the first time since 1976 and 1977.  Coach Brooks has almost as many wins the past two seasons as Coach Morriss had in all five years of his time at Baylor and it seems as if Guy’s career never fully recovered from the premature Gatorade bath seconds before the “Bluegrass Miracle” against LSU in Lexington in 2002.

We’re just eight days removed from the fifth anniversary of that faithful hail mary and I would venture to say Morriss still has nightmares of Marcus Randall to Devery Henderson in his dreams.

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3 Responses to “Baylor Fires Head Coach Guy Morriss”

  1. Steven said

    18-40 in 5 seasons won’t even keep your job at Baylor.

    College football really is “big business.”

  2. Condo said

    Personally, I feel Baylor’s just shoving him out the door now because this time right now may be their ONLY chance to bring Mike Singletary in as head coach. The 49ers are playing terrible which means Singletary may want out of San Fran and probably won’t get an NFL job just yet.

    They made a mistake in my opinion by not bringing Singletary in 5 years ago… granted, he had zero coaching experience at the time, but hey, at least he has a passion for the school and could probably recruit the heck out of the state of Texas. Which is exactly what Baylor needs… someone with passion and someone who can recruit, ANYONE!

  3. Doc Hancock said

    I agree. Baylor has another chance to right the ship by bringing Singletary. You have great high school talent and plus, you can tell these kids that they can be on the same playing field as the Oklahomas and Texas Techs of the world and can be contenders within three years. But then again, Baylor isn’t a school that cares about winning and doing the right things.

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