Chad Morris Reportedly Hired As Next Head Coach

Ruben Ruiz
December 7, 2017

Arkansas has hired Chad Morris of SMU as its new football coach, the university confirmed Wednesday.

Morris has been considered an offensive guru in the coaching industry after he was the offensive coordinator at Clemson (2011-14) and was making $1.3 million a season with the Tigers.

Morris replaces Bret Bielema, who was sacked after posting a 29-34 record in five seasons.

Morris and Malzahn will have their first meeting as fellow SEC head coaches on September 22 next season on the Plains in Auburn.

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A Dallas native and graduate of Texas A&M, Morris has extensive experience in Texas, having variously coached six Texas high schools for 16 years with three state championships closing with consecutive undefeated state championship teams at Lake Travis.

The Mustangs qualified for a bowl game this season for the first time since 2012 when June Jones was the head coach for SMU.

Morris provided the SMU program with some signature wins.

Morris has a wife, Paula, and two children: a daughter, Mackenzie, and a son, Chandler. Entering bowl play, SMU is No. 13 nationally in total offense, averaging 494.5 yards per game, and No. 8 in scoring offense, putting up 40.2 points per game. The Razorbacks promoted Hatfield's offensive coordinator, Jack Crowe, who had not been a head coach in more than a decade. Their record was 2-10 his first year, 5-7 in 2016, and went 7-5 this past year. He was sacked a day later.

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