Reports: Chad Morris Named Head Coach at Arkansas

UPDATE: 

The University of Arkansas made it official on Wednesday afternoon, announcing Morris as the new head football coach. 

Athletic Director Hunter Yurachek released the following statement on the hiring:

“The future is tremendously bright at the University of Arkansas with the addition of Chad Morris. I am confident that Chad will bring an exciting brand of football, phenomenal student-athletes and championships to Fayetteville, and do it all with high integrity. We all owe a debt of gratitude to the incredible work of Julie Cromer Peoples in leading a comprehensive search and helping to bring a high caliber coach to Arkansas.”

UA Chancellor Dr. Joseph E. Steinmetz released the following statement:

“We are thrilled to welcome Chad, Paula and their children to the Arkansas family. I enjoyed getting to know him and I am confident that he is the right coach to lead us back to competing for SEC and national titles. Julie Cromer Peoples did an outstanding job conducting the search in her interim role and on behalf of the Razorbacks everywhere, I say, ‘thank you’ to Julie. I am pleased that Hunter Yurachek had the opportunity to be involved in the final decision and offer and we cannot wait to have Chad leading our program.” 

UA Associate Vice Chancellor & Senior Associate Athletics Director Julie Cromer Peoples released the following statement: 

“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. Coach Morris aligns with the priorities we sought to find in our next head football coach including relentless work ethic and the ability to maintain good relationships within our state and beyond to attract the nation’s top talent. Chad is demanding but still relatable to the student-athletes of this generation. He was identified by several closely connected with our program as someone that our state would embrace and would fit the fabric of our university and our program.”

ORIGINAL STORY: 

Southern Methodist head football coach Chad Morris is the new head coach of the Arkansas Razorbacks, according to reports from the Associated Press and ESPN. 

Morris replaces Bret Bielema who was fired on November 24th following the Razorbacks loss to Missouri.

Morris comes to Arkansas after spending the last three seasons as the Mustangs head coach with a 14-22 overall record.  SMU finished the 2017 season with a 7-5 record, finishing 4-4 in the AAC conference.

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

His first two recruiting classes at SMU have been completely filled with signees from the state of Texas.  Arkansas is a school which has had success recruiting in Texas until the last several years under Bret Bielema who never established a recruiting base in Texas.

An interesting fact on Morris is he is one of four current head football coaches in college football who did not play football collegiately joining Mike Leach (Washington State), Paul Johnson (Georgia Tech) and David Cutcliffe (Duke).

Morris graduated from Texas A&M in 1992. He and his wife Paula have two children Chandler and Mackenzie.


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