Arkansas Hires SMU's Chad Morris as Next Head Coach

The former Clemson offensive coordinator has brought SMU back to bowl contention.
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SMU coach Chad Morris has agreed to a six-year deal worth $3.5 million annually to be the next Arkansas head coach. Morris told his team that he will be the next head coach of the Razorbacks on Wednesday morning, sources have told SI.

Morris played a key role in helping Dabo Swinney bring Clemson to its current status as a national power as offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach from 2011 to ’14. The following season, the 49-year-old Morris took over an SMU program that had fallen apart. He has since led the Mustangs from two wins to five wins to a shot at seven wins this year. He spent 15 years as a Texas high school coach before being hired at Tulsa as an assistant. He had also gotten consideration for the Tennessee head coaching vacancy.

The Razorbacks were looking for a replacement for Bret Bielema, who was fired last month.