SMU's Chad Morris emerges as top target at Arkansas

SMU's Chad Morris emerges as top target at Arkansas

SMU's Chad Morris emerges as top target at Arkansas

Chad Morris has agreed to be Arkansas' head football coach, the school announced Wednesday.

Morris is 14-22 in three seasons at SMU but posted a 7-5 record this season and earned a berth in the Frisco Bowl against Louisiana Tech.

After numerous reports linked mutual interest between Malzahn and the Razorbacks and a return to his home state, the Auburn head coach ultimately signed a long extension with the Tigers that included a nice raise.

Like Craddock, wide receivers coach Justin Stepp spent time with Morris when he was the Clemson offensive coordinator.

Morris has served as the head coach for the SMU Mustangs since 2015 after leaving his offensive coordinator position at Clemson University.

Morris replaces Bret Bielema at Arkansas.

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.

Arkansas will formally introduce Morris on Thursday.

The potential addition of Morris would mean Arkansas made two important hires this week.

Morris replaces Bret Bielema who was sacked on November 24th following the Razorbacks loss to Missouri. The Mustangs were 2-10 in his first season and went 7-5 to earn a berth in the Miami Beach Bowl on December 20 against Louisiana Tech in 2017.

SMU went 7-5 in the 2017 regular season and finished eighth in the country while averaging 40.2 points per game and more than 300 yards passing per contest, ranked 16th in the nation.

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