Former Clemson DC Morris Gets Arkansas Job

So when Arkansas officially hired Chad Morris on Wednesday, it was a win-win for all involved. The Mustangs improved only to 2-10 in 2015 but jumped to 5-7 in 2016 and this season are 7-5 and bound to play Louisiana Tech Dec. 20 in the Frisco Bowl in Frisco, Texas. The former Wisconsin head coach was signed through the 2020 season and will be paid an $11.8 million buyout.

Per Trey Biddy of, Morris will be named the Razorbacks' head coach. He then spent four years as the offensive coordinator at Clemson, helping lay the foundation for the Tigers' national championship last season.

Morris replaces five-year Arkansas Coach Bret Bielema fired November 24 after the Razorbacks concluded a 4-8 overall/1-7 SEC campaign.

It has been a relatively long search over the past 12 days with the pursuit of Auburn head coach Gus Malzahn before the search turned firmly on Morris. Prior to joining the college ranks, Morris had an extensive high school coaching career in Texas where he compiled an overall record of 169-38.

Morris brings a wide-open up-tempo spread offense the likes of which Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium has never seen from the home team.

The 49-year-old Morris will formally be introduced on Thursday. SMU finished the 2017 season with a 7-5 record, finishing 4-4 in the AAC conference. "That's who I am", said Morris, a Dallas native, when he was hired at SMU in 2014.

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