Chad Morris leaves SMU, becomes Arkansas head coach

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Chad Morris has left SMU and is the new head football coach at the University of Arkansas, after days of speculation.

Coach Morris spent four seasons as the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at Clemson before taking his first head coaching job at SMU.

The Razorbacks have been scouring the coaching market since firing Bret Bielema on November 24 following a 4-8 season in 2017.

Morris, 49, had a 14-22 record as the coach at SMU, but his team's performance had improved dramatically over the past three seasons.

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Chad Morris has left SMU for Arkansas. He won 82 percent of his games and led Lake Travis High School to back-to-back, undefeated (16-0) state championship seasons. He totaled a 169-38 record (.816) and earned Coach of the Year honors 11 times. He did not play college football. Before Morris took over the program, SMU went 3-21 in the two season prior to his arrival.

Hatfield left Arkansas for Clemson in January 1990 amid declining attendance that was linked to his triple-option offense. Long was the man who hired Bielema away from Wisconsin following the 2012 regular season in what was considered a major coup for the Razorbacks at the time.

"As we began our search for the next head football coach of the Arkansas Razorbacks, Chad Morris was a name that quickly emerged as someone that would be an excellent choice for our program". He was sacked a day later.

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