Published: Thu, December 07, 2017
Culture&Arts | By Darrell Mcdonald

Chad Morris leaves SMU to accept Arkansas head coaching job

Chad Morris leaves SMU to accept Arkansas head coaching job

Arkansas has hired SMU's Chad Morris as the new football coach. 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.

Morris brings strong recruiting ties to Texas, a state in which Arkansas struggled to recruit during the Bielema era, but has always been an area of emphasis for the Razorbacks. The Mustangs upset No. 11 Houston in the 2016 season, and clinched bowl eligibility this year with a thrilling, 38-34 win over Tulsa. The Mustangs defense wasn't quite as good as they allowed 30 points or more eight times in 2017. The bowl berth this year is the first since a 2012 Hawaii Bowl win over Fresno State.

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

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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.

He was the architect of high-scoring offenses at Texas high schools and Clemson before rebuilding SMU's program. He and his wife, Paula, have two children, a daughter, Mackenzie, and son, Chandler.

"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", Peoples said. He was sacked a day later.

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