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

Chad Morris is far from the only coach making the move from SMU to Arkansas - and it will have a heavy dose of Clemson experience. It comes after a flurry of reports in the last two weeks that had Morris tied to the Ole Miss and Tennessee jobs, too.

The 49-year-old Morris will be tasked with turning around an Arkansas program that has finished under.500 three times in the past six seasons and hasn't won 10 games in a season since 2011. The Razorbacks went 4-8 in 2017.

The Mustangs are guaranteed a winning record for the first time since 2012 and for the fifth time since the program rebooted in 1989.

Previously, he served as offensive coordinator at Clemson and was a successful high school coach in Texas. Arkansas hired Yurachek as its new athletic director on Monday. 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.

Morris became the SMU Mustangs head coach in 2015, inheriting a team that gone 1-11 in 2014.

The Razorbacks have been mired in mediocrity since back-to-back double-digit-win seasons in 2010-11 in Bobby Petrino's final years with the program. Norvell agreed to a contract extension at Memphis earlier Tuesday, and the Morris hire came into picture soon after. Bielema was sacked November 24 after a 4-8 season in which the Razorbacks went 1-7 in conference play.