SMU's Chad Morris agrees to 6-year contract to become football coach at Arkansas

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. - After weeks of searching, the University of Arkansas has hired its next

Chad Morris has agreed to a six-year deal with the school. The deal is worth $3.5 million per year.

“The future is tremendously bright at the University of Arkansas with the addition of Chad Morris," said new Arkansas Athletics Director Hunter Yurachek. "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."

Morris, 49, led the Southern Methodist University to a 7-5 season in 2017. He took over at the school in 2015. He has a career record of 14-22 in his three seasons. He turned the program around from two wins in 2015 to the seven wins this season. Even more impressive, Morris inherited an offense that ranked last (128th) in the FBS in scoring in 2014 (11.8). He turned it into the nation’s eighth-highest scoring offense (40.1) in 2017.

Morris is considered one of the top offensive-minded coaches in college football. He runs a hurry-up, spread offense.

“As we began our search for the next head football coach of the Arkansas Razorbacks, Chad Morris was a name that quickly emerged as someone that would be an excellent choice for our program," said Julie Cromer Peoples, Associate Vice Chancellor & Senior Associate Athletics Director Julie Cromer. "Coach Morris aligns with the priorities we sought to find in our next head football coach including relentless work ethic and the ability to maintain good relationships within our state and beyond to attract the nation’s top talent.

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

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