Arkansas hires SMU's Morris as head coach


SMU head coach Chad Morris has left SMU to accept a the head coaching job at Arkansas, according to a report from ESPN's Chris Low. The former Wisconsin head coach was signed through the 2020 season and will be paid an $11.8 million buyout.

Morris inherited a major rebuild at SMU, which went 1-11 the year before he arrived.

Per Trey Biddy of, Morris will be named the Razorbacks' head coach.

He replaces Bret Bielema, who was sacked after compiling a 29-34 record in five seasons - including 11-29 in the Southeastern Conference.

A Dallas native and graduate of Texas A&M, Morris has extensive experience in Texas, having variously coached six Texas high schools for 16 years with three state championships closing with consecutive undefeated state championship teams at Lake Travis.

The 49-year-old Morris will formally be introduced on Thursday.

Before coaching SMU, Morris spent four seasons as offensive coordinator at Clemson from 2011-14.

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.

Arkansas went 4-8 in 2017 before firing head coach Bret Bielema. 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. He was sacked a day later.