SMU's Chad Morris emerges as top target at Arkansas

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Chad Morris has left SMU and is the new head football coach at the University of Arkansas, after days of speculation.

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. The Razorbacks promoted Hatfield's offensive coordinator, Jack Crowe, who had not been a head coach in more than a decade.

Morris' offensive scheme was exactly what SMU needed, as it increased its scoring output by 16.7 points per game - the second-largest increase in the nation in 2015. He was the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach for Clemson from 2011-2014.

According to multiple reports, Morris held a team meeting this morning with the Mustangs football team to tell them about his decision to come to the Natural State.


Morris' name has been associated with the opening since before former head coach Bret Bielema was hired, the day after Bielema was sacked and throughout the search.

The Razorbacks have been scouring the coaching market since firing Bret Bielema on November 24 following a 4-8 season in 2017. Morris addresses Arkansas media Thursday for the first time.

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.

SMU went 1-11 the year before Morris was hired. The Mustangs were 2-10 in his first season and went 7-5 to earn a berth in the Miami Beach Bowl on December 20 against Louisiana Tech in 2017.

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