Chad Morris Reportedly Hired As Next Head Coach

Dec 07, 2017, 01:49
Chad Morris Reportedly Hired As Next Head Coach

SMU head coach Chad Morris has left SMU to accept a the head coaching job at Arkansas, according to a report from ESPN's Chris Low.

Morris is 14-22 in three seasons at SMU but posted a 7-5 record this season and earned a berth in the Frisco Bowl against Louisiana Tech. He won consecutive state titles at Lake Travis and also was the head coach at Stephenville, Bay City, Elysian Fields and Eustace.

"The future is tremendously bright at the University of Arkansas with the addition of Chad Morris", Yurachek said in a statement.

Morris became the SMU Mustangs head coach in 2015, inheriting a team that gone 1-11 in 2014.

Before SMU, Morris spent four seasons at Clemson, where he helped turn the Tigers into an offensive power house with his "tempo" approach and played a major role in the recruitment of quarterback Deshaun Watson, now with the Houston Texans.

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The 49-year-old Morris will formally be introduced on Thursday.

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

With Malzahn out of the picture, Thamel reported Monday that Yurachek would target Morris and Memphis' Mike Norvell, both of whom Yurachek observed during his time in the AAC.

Previously, he served as offensive coordinator at Clemson and was a successful high school coach in Texas.

Crowe, who had gone 5-15 at Livingston (now West Alabama), had a 9-15 record at Arkansas, including a loss to The Citadel in the 1992 season opener, the Razorbacks' first game as a member of the Southeastern Conference.