Arkansas hiring SMU's Chad Morris as head coach, report says

Frederick Owens
December 7, 2017

Chad Morris is far from the only coach making the move from SMU to Arkansas - and it will have a heavy dose of Clemson experience.

Morris, 49, had a 14-22 record as the coach at SMU, but his team's performance had improved dramatically over the past three seasons.

After numerous reports linked mutual interest between Malzahn and the Razorbacks and a return to his home state, the Auburn head coach ultimately signed a long extension with the Tigers that included a nice raise.

Before his arrival at SMU, Morris spent four seasons as Dabo Swinney's offensive coordinator at Clemson, where he helped land Deshaun Watson.

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.

Chad Morris has left SMU for Arkansas.

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Morris is the man who coached former Texas QB Garrett Gilbert at Lake Travis outside of Austin, and prior to those years, he was at Stephenville, another Texas powerhouse, along with Bay City, Elysian Fields and Eustace.

Morris replaces Bret Bielema who was sacked on November 24th following the Razorbacks loss to Missouri.

Morris replaces Bret Bielema at Arkansas.

Just more than a week after ending the 2017 season with a 4-8 record and firing their head coach, Arkansas has found their new leader of the football program.

SMU went 1-11 the year before Morris was hired.

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