Arkansas hires SMU coach Chad Morris, agreeing to six-year, $21M contract

Arkansas hires SMU coach Chad Morris, agreeing to six-year, $21M contract

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. In 2017, the Mustangs have had an impressive season with a 7-5 record and will play in the upcoming Frisco Bowl against Louisiana Tech.

It was the only win over a ranked opponent in Morris' tenure at SMU.

Morris served three years as offensive coordinator at Clemson, where he emerged as one of the brightest offensive minds in the nation.

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He is also getting consideration for the Tennessee head coaching vacancy.

Morris replaces Bret Bielema at Arkansas. Morris addresses Arkansas media Thursday for the first time.

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.

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Morris brings a wide-open up-tempo spread offense the likes of which Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium has never seen from the home team.

Morris replaces Bret Bielema who was sacked on November 24th following the Razorbacks loss to Missouri. "I am pleased that Hunter Yurachek had the opportunity to be involved in the final decision and offer and we can not wait to have Chad leading our program". The Razorbacks went 4-8 in 2017. The Mustangs upset No. 11 Houston in the 2016 season, and clinched bowl eligibility this year with a thrilling, 38-34 win over Tulsa.

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