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Arkansas hires SMU coach Chad Morris, agreeing to six-year, $21M contract

Arkansas hires SMU coach Chad Morris, agreeing to six-year, $21M contract

One day after word emerged that SMU coach Chad Morris had become the top target in Arkansas' coaching search, it appears as if the deal is now done.

While we can't independently confirm Arkansas and Morris have reached an agreement, ESPN has two reporters confirming the news.

Morris, 49, finishes his three years at SMU with a 14-22 mark. 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. This season, Morris' third with the program, the Mustangs will play Louisiana Tech in the Frisco Bowl, the program's first bowl appearance since 2012. He led Lake Travis High School to back-to-back undefeated seasons and state championship in Texas' highest level of competition.

Morris' hiring leaves only Tennessee among SEC teams with head-coaching openings.

Morris inherited a major rebuild at SMU, which went 1-11 the year before he arrived.

"The future is tremendously bright at the University of Arkansas with the addition of Chad Morris", Razorbacks athletic director Hunter Yurachek said in a statement.

The Razorbacks fired Bret Bielema last month after a 4-8 finish in his fifth season.

Morris took the SMU job in 2015 after spending four seasons as Clemson's offensive coordinator and saw Mustangs' record steadily increase since he was hired.

Other candidates for the Arkansas job included Clemson defensive coordinator Brent Venables and Memphis coach Mike Norvell, who agreed to a contract extension Tuesday to remain at the school.

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