Chad Morris To Be Named Next Arkansas Head Coach

Chad Morris To Be Named Next Arkansas Head Coach

When Arkansas fired Bret Bielema on the day the Hogs' season ended - heck, they may have fired him as the season ended - speculation was that Auburn's Gus Malzahn would be at the top of the list of possible replacements. Instead, he signed a lucrative extension to remain with the Tigers. First, the school needed to hire an athletic director.

Multiple sources with knowledge of the situation have told the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette that SMU Coach Chad Morris was involved in negotiations with University of Arkansas, Fayetteville officials and on the brink of an agreement Tuesday evening. The Mustangs are set to play Louisiana Tech in the Frisco Bowl on December 20.

Arkansas hired Hunter Yurachek as its next AD on Monday, and on Tuesday it appears the Hogs have their new head coach.

Before his arrival at SMU, Morris spent four seasons as Dabo Swinney's offensive coordinator at Clemson, where he helped land Deshaun Watson. The two are close from Morris' days as a Clemson assistant. Entering bowl play, SMU is No. 13 nationally in total offense, averaging 494.5 yards per game, and No. 8 in scoring offense, putting up 40.2 points per game.

The combination of Morris' high-octane spread offense and ability to recruit Texas - a state Arkansas relies on heavily - makes him a ideal fit for a program after both traits gradually disappeared under Bielema.

Morris was said to be a candidate at Tennessee before John Currie was removed as athletic director.

Dating back to Les Miles when he was at LSU, Arkansas seemed to be the school used by a coach as leverage to get a raise and a longer contract from his current school.