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

Chad Morris Reportedly to Be Named Arkansas Head Coach After 3 Years at SMU

SMU head coach Chad Morris is the leading candidate to fill the open vacancy at Arkansas as their next football coach in Fayetteville. A deal could be worked out as soon as Wednesday.

The former Clemson offensive coordinator (2011-2014) has a 14-22 record at SMU in a complete rebuilding situation. The following season, the 49-year-old Morris took over an SMU program that had fallen apart. 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.

The Texas native was a longtime high school coach in the state before beginning his collegiate career as the offensive coordinator at Tulsa in 2010.

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The Razorbacks have been scouring the coaching market since firing Bret Bielema on November 24 following a 4-8 season in 2017. "Coach Morris aligns with the priorities we sought to find in our next head football coach including relentless work ethic and the ability to maintain good relationships within our state and beyond to attract the nation's top talent".

"The future is tremendously bright at the University of Arkansas with the addition of Chad Morris". SMU ranks 13th nationally this season in total offense (493.8 yards per game) and eighth in scoring offense (40.2 points per game). Morris addresses Arkansas media Thursday for the first time.

Morris emerged as Arkansas' pick to replace Bret Bielema after Auburn's Gus Malzahn turned down the Hogs last weekend. He won 82 percent of his games and led Lake Travis High School to back-to-back, undefeated (16-0) state championship seasons. SMU finished the 2017 season with a 7-5 record, finishing 4-4 in the AAC conference.

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