SMU's Chad Morris to be hired as Arkansas head coach

by Antonio Miles December 7, 2017, 1:49
SMU's Chad Morris to be hired as Arkansas head coach

Arkansas has hired SMU's Chad Morris as the new football coach. A deal could be worked out as soon as Wednesday. Following the 2010 season he headed to Clemson as Dabo Swinney's offensive coordinator from 2011-14. The following season, the 49-year-old Morris took over an SMU program that had fallen apart.

Morris has turned around the SMU football program in his three years there, taking the Mustangs to their first bowl game since 2012 this year.

Arkansas hired Houston's Hunter Yurachek as its athletic director on Monday and he made the announcement of the new head coach two days later.

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He replaces Bret Bielema, who was sacked after compiling a 29-34 record in five seasons - including 11-29 in the Southeastern Conference.

Morris is considered one of the top offensive-minded coaches in college football.

I've been told Chad Morris has informed SMU he has accepted the job with Arkansas. SMU ranks 13th nationally this season in total offense (493.8 yards per game) and eighth in scoring offense (40.2 points per game). Before getting to the collegiate level, Morris compiled a 169-38 career record as a high school coach in the state of Texas. The Razorbacks went 4-8 in 2017. "I am pleased that Hunter Yurachek had the opportunity to be involved in the final decision and offer and we can not wait to have Chad leading our program". The former Wisconsin head coach was signed through the 2020 season and will be paid an $11.8 million buyout. SMU improved to 5-7 previous year, including a 38-16 win over No. 11 Houston.


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