SMU's Chad Morris to be hired as Arkansas head coach

Report Chad Morris likely to be hired at Arkansas

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

Morris, 49, finishes his three years at SMU with a 14-22 mark.

Morris provided the SMU program with some signature wins.

Arkansas hired Houston's Hunter Yurachek as its athletic director on Monday and he made the announcement of the new head coach two days later.

The Razorbacks finished the 2017 season with a disappointing 4-8 record and 1-7 mark in conference play.

Arkansas will formally introduce Morris on Thursday.

Morris emerged as Arkansas' pick to replace Bret Bielema after Auburn's Gus Malzahn turned down the Hogs last weekend. 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.

According to multiple reports, Morris held a team meeting this morning with the Mustangs football team to tell them about his decision to come to the Natural State.

Morris is considered one of the top offensive-minded coaches in college football.

Morris is the man who coached former Texas QB Garrett Gilbert at Lake Travis outside of Austin, and prior to those years, he was at Stephenville, another Texas powerhouse, along with Bay City, Elysian Fields and Eustace. The Mustangs went 2-10 in his first season in 2015, 5-7 in 2016 and 7-5 this season. "I am pleased that Hunter Yurachek had the opportunity to be involved in the final decision and offer and we can not wait to have Chad leading our program".

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