This past Saturday, before Ole Miss and Arkansas took the field in an SEC West showdown, sophomore Rebels offensive lineman Christian Morris found out that his football career was over. However, that doesn’t mean his time being a part of the school’s football program is over.
Morris announced that he will take up coaching to stay as close to the game as he can.
“Taking up coaching after I graduate,” Morris tweeted. “It’s too much knowledge that I have and what I’ve should have done. I have to share it amongst others.”
The 6-foot-6, 313-pounder saw his career end because of a spinal cord contusion. He suffered the injury during the Rebels’ win against Texas A&M on Oct. 24, and he collapsed as he was making his way to the locker room at halftime.
On Monday, Ole Miss coach Hugh Freeze spoke about the devastating news and said he will do whatever he can to get Morris started on the next chapter in his life.
“He will be a medical scholarship guy and he will complete his degree,” Freeze told reporters Monday. “Life will go on. It is disappointing for him, and I’m sure it is hurtful. We hate it for him. It’s just like coaching in these games, you get gut punches in life. How you handle those will kind of determine what kind of life you have. We will support him and love him. He is a mature young man.
“We had already had a conversation last week knowing that this could be a possibility. While he was hurt about it, he had a good perspective. We will make Christian a student-assistant and he can help encourage other kids that have the opportunity to continue playing.”