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

TYLER, Texas (KETK) - East Texan Chad Morris has been named the new football head coach at the University of Arkansas.

NBC 5 reports Morris has agreed to a six-year contact with the Razorbacks.

Morris, 49, who served as the head coach for Elysian Fields (1998-1999), also saw high school stints at Eustace (1994-1997), Bay City (2000-2002), Stephenville (2002-2007) and Lake Travis (2008-2009).

In 2010, Morris, an Edgewood native, became the offensive coordinator at Tulsa. Following his stint in Oklahoma, Morris took over the offensive coordinator position at Clemson (2001-2014). In 2014, Morris was named the head football coach at SMU.

While leading the Mustangs, Morris went 14-22 in three seasons, after taking over a team that finished 1-11 in 2014.

During his prep career, Morris racked up 169-38 record, three state titles and 11 Coach of the Year honors.

Morris will replace Bret Bielema who led the Razorbacks from 2013-2017.

Earlier this year, former Gilmer head football coach Jeff Traylor signed on at SMU to be Morris' Associate Head Coach. Traylor took the post after having spent nearly two years as the tight ends and special teams coach for the University of Texas under former head coach Charlie Strong.


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