WACO (AP) — Baylor coach Guy Morriss won't return for the remaining year on his contract after being unable to produce a winning record in any of his five seasons, two newspapers reported Thursday night.
Morriss, 18-38 at Baylor, will coach the final two games of the season for the Bears (3-7, 0-6 Big 12), the Houston Chronicle and The Dallas Morning News reported on their Web sites in stories citing sources. Baylor plays Saturday at BCS No. 5 Oklahoma.
Baylor athletic director Ian McCaw told The Associated Press on Thursday night that the status of Morriss’ future hadn’t been determined.
“What I told you before is the truth in this case. We’ll evaluate the program at the end of the season,” McCaw said by phone.
A message left on Morriss’ cell phone wasn’t immediately returned. A phone message left at the home of Harold Cunningham, chairman of Baylor’s regents, also wasn’t returned.
The Houston Chronicle, the first to report that Morriss wouldn’t return, cited two people close to the athletic program. The Dallas Morning News cited two high-ranking university sources.
After Oklahoma, which the Bears haven’t beaten in four tries under Morriss, they finish the season at home against Oklahoma State on Nov. 18.
The Bears were guaranteed their 12th straight losing season, all since moving to the Big 12, when they lost 38-7 at home to Texas Tech on Saturday. Baylor’s lone touchdown didn’t come until the final minute of the game.
Baylor has lost its Big 12 games by an average of 30 points since going 3-1 in non-conference games.
In Baylor’s first conference game under Morriss four years ago, the Bears pulled off a shocker by beating two-time defending North Division champion Colorado. Morriss also delivered the first Big 12 road victory, in 2005 at Iowa State, and then last year the Bears won three Big 12 games in the same season for the first time after having won more than one only once.
Still, the Bears are 7-32 in the Big 12 under Morriss, who is a combined 1-7 against Oklahoma and Oklahoma State.
Morriss came to Baylor from Kentucky after the 2002 season when he replaced Kevin Steele.
Now the Bears are apparently looking for their fifth coach since Grant Teaff won 128 games and took them to eight bowl games in his 21 seasons (1972-92).
Among the potential candidates is Pro Football Hall of Fame linebacker and Baylor icon Mike Singletary, who is in his third season as assistant head coach for the San Francisco 49ers. Before that, he spent two years on the Baltimore Ravens staff.
When Singletary was interviewed for the Baylor job before Morriss was hired, Singletary had no coaching experience.
But Singletary then became an NFL assistant. He has since been interviewed for three NFL head coaching jobs, including with the Dallas Cowboys last winter, and would seem a likely candidate for future jobs.