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

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

The Arkansas Razorbacks hired SMU's Chad Morris to become their next head coach, the school announced Wednesday. ESPN reports the deal is in the $4 million range with the AP adding that the deal is for six years. Morris' Mustangs went 7-5 this season in what was a fantastic turnaround effort by the coach - his crew went just 2-10 in his inaugural campaign back in 2015. The bowl berth this year is the first since a 2012 Hawaii Bowl win over Fresno State.

He replaces Bret Bielema, who was sacked after compiling a 29-34 record in five seasons - including 11-29 in the Southeastern Conference. He was the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach for Clemson from 2011-2014.

Arkansas hired Houston's Hunter Yurachek as its athletic director on Monday and he made the announcement of the new head coach two days later.

Morris, a Texas A&M graduate, was the Clemson offensive coordinator for four years when the team posted the top three scoring seasons in school history.

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Morris successfully rebuilt SMU in his three seasons with the program.

Steinmetz, approving the coaching hire as chancellor and heading the search hiring Yurachek as vice chancellor/direct of athletics, said of Morris in the press release: "I am confident that he is the right coach to lead us back to competing for SEC and national titles".

SMU went 7-5 in the 2017 regular season and finished eighth in the country while averaging 40.2 points per game and more than 300 yards passing per contest, ranked 16th in the nation.


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