When Gus Malzahn met Chad Morris eight ago he was skeptical of his motives.
Now, the offensive coordinators and good friends square off Saturday when Malzahn and No. 21 Auburn play at Clemson. Morris was hired by Clemson in January while Malzahn was helping the Tigers win a national championship.
It's been a long journey for both since they met as high school coaches. Over the years, they have shared ideas, career advice, and encouragement. The relationship didn't start that way.
Malzahn was a winning high coach in Arkansas at Springdale High when Morris, a struggling high school coach in Texas, asked to learn about Malzahn's successful offensive system. Morris won over a cautious Malzahn by taking his football staff to watch Malzahn's offense during two playoff games.
By PETE IACOBELLI
AP Sports Writer