Chad Morris to be Arkansas Razorbacks next head football coach

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Arkansas is expected to name current Southern Methodist coach Chad Morris to the same position with the Razorbacks, according to reports from the Associated Press and ESPN. Morris went on to get his first head coaching job at SMU, where he spent the last three seasons. Bielema had been the head coach for the Badgers since 2006.

"The future is tremendously bright at the University of Arkansas with the addition of Chad Morris". 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. He was the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach for Clemson from 2011-2014.

The 49-year-old Morris agrees to a six-year contract and replaces Bret Bielema, who was sacked after a regular-season ending loss to Missouri last month.

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. Morris addresses Arkansas media Thursday for the first time.

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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.

Arkansas went 4-8 in 2017 before firing head coach Bret Bielema.

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. The Mustangs improved their win total each year under Morris, with records of 2-10 in 2015, 5-7 last season and 7-5 this year.

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