Arkansas hires SMU's Morris as head coach

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Arkansas has agreed to a deal with SMU coach Chad Morris, according a person with knowledge of the decision.

Bielema took over in Fayeteville in December of 2012, leaving his head coaching job at the University of Wisconsin where he had coached since 2006. Following the 2010 season he headed to Clemson as Dabo Swinney's offensive coordinator from 2011-14.

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.

Morris' name has been associated with the opening since before former head coach Bret Bielema was hired, the day after Bielema was sacked and throughout the search.

The 49-year-old Morris will formally be introduced on Thursday.

Arkansas will formally introduce Morris on Thursday.

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The Razorbacks have been scouring the coaching market since firing Bret Bielema on November 24 following a 4-8 season in 2017.

Although Arkansas was known first to approach Auburn Coach and Fort Smith native and former Arkansas offensive coordinator Gus Malzahn (an approach helping enrich Malzhan with an Auburn raise and contract extension), Morris was prominently mentioned as a candidate of Arkansas interest since Bielema was dismissed.

Crowe, who had gone 5-15 at Livingston (now West Alabama), had a 9-15 record at Arkansas, including a loss to The Citadel in the 1992 season opener, the Razorbacks' first game as a member of the Southeastern Conference.

Steinmetz, approving the coaching hire as chancellor and heading the search hiring Yurachek as vice chancellor/direct of athletics, said of Morris in the press release: "I am confident that he is the right coach to lead us back to competing for SEC and national titles". He has spent time at SMU, Clemson, Tulsa, and 16 years at the Texas high school level going 169-38.

SMU went 1-11 the year before Morris was hired.

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