Chad Morris leaves SMU to accept Arkansas head coaching job

Chad Morris leaves SMU to accept Arkansas head coaching job

Chad Morris leaves SMU to accept Arkansas head coaching job

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

While we can't independently confirm Arkansas and Morris have reached an agreement, ESPN has two reporters confirming the news.

Morris, 49, spent the past three seasons as the head coach at SMU in Dallas and gained notoriety for his Texas only recruiting philosophy. This season, Morris' third with the program, the Mustangs will play Louisiana Tech in the Frisco Bowl, the program's first bowl appearance since 2012. SMU ranks 13th nationally this season in total offense (493.8 yards per game) and eighth in scoring offense (40.2 points per game).

The former Clemson offensive coordinator (2011-2014) has a 14-22 record at SMU in a complete rebuilding situation.

Bielema held a record of 29-34 for the Razorbacks and ended the 2017 season just 1-7 in the SEC West. He will be formally introduced to the Razorback nation at 10 a.m. (CST) in the same venue where Arkansas introduced new athletic director Hunter Yurachek, the Fowler Family Baseball and Track Training Center. He also had a one-year stint as offensive coordinator at Tulsa in 2010 following 16 seasons as a head coach at five different high schools in Texas.

Morris successfully rebuilt SMU in his three seasons with the program. Norvell agreed to a contract extension at Memphis earlier Tuesday, and the Morris hire came into picture soon after.

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