Photo: Courtesy of Incarnate Word Athletics

Even as 2017 comes to a close, the coaching carousel keeps on spinning. On Saturday night, University of The Incarnate Word announced that former Texas Tech offensive coordinator Eric Morris would be the next head football coach of the Cardinals.

Morris had spent the previous five season as the offensive coordinator of the Red Raiders under Kliff Kingsbury.

The FCS school located in San Antonio named Morris the third head coach in program history. Morris replaces Larry Keenan, who finished with a 20-46 record in six seasons.

“Eric Morris has been a very successful student, football player and coach,” said Director of Athletics Dr. Brian Wickstrom said in a release, “Since UIW Athletics has moved to the highest level of Division I competition, I am excited to have a coach of Eric’s caliber be the one to help turn our program into a nationally competitive program. I am excited for our student-athletes and our campus community to be a part of the next steps of UIW Athletics.”

Morris led one of the highest scoring offenses in the country and now will have the opportunity to lead his own team.

“I’m excited about the vision and the leadership that Dr. Evans and Dr. Wickstrom have established for UIW athletics,” Morris said in a release. “They’ve been awesome throughout this process. To have what I see as a power-five president and a power-five athletic director to help generate the resources we need to get the program where it needs to go is exciting.

“San Antonio is a great place for my wife and I to raise our family. It’s also a football-rich city with a lot of untapped resources and recruits. There’s a bunch of new blood at UIW and the future is very bright. We’re going to have wholesale change in a lot of ways. It’s something I’m excited to be a part of.”

Per the school, Morris will be formally introduced following the school’s Christmas break.

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