New Head Hog: Arkansas Lands SMU’s Chad Morris

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FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — SMU head football coach Chad Morris has reached an agreement to take the same position with the University of Arkansas. Morris agreed to a six-year contract and will make $3.5 million annually, according to a news release from the school.

Per his employment agreement, he will also be eligible for additional compensation through retention payments and incentives.

“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,” said University of Arkansas Vice Chancellor for Athletics Hunter Yurachek.

Morris will be formally introduced on Thursday morning at 10 a.m. in Fayetteville.

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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