Chad Morris leaves SMU, becomes Arkansas head coach


The potential addition of Morris would mean Arkansas made two important hires this week. Bielema had been the head coach for the Badgers since 2006.

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. Malzahn offered up his congratulations and a warm welcome to the division to Morris.

Morris, 49, had a 14-22 record as the coach at SMU, but his team's performance had improved dramatically over the past three seasons. That matchup will also be the Hogs' 2018 SEC opener. Morris' offensive scheme was exactly what SMU needed, as it increased its scoring output by 16.7 points per game - the second-largest increase in the nation in 2015. SMU improved to 5-7 past year, including a 38-16 win over No. 11 Houston. 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.

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Morris is a native of Edgewood, Texas, about 60 miles east of Dallas, and attended college at Texas A&M, where he earned a degree in mathematics in 1992.

Ken Hatfield was hired following the 1983 season after a five-year stint at the Air Force Academy, where he went 26-32-1.

Hatfield left Arkansas for Clemson in January 1990 amid declining attendance that was linked to his triple-option offense. He was sacked a day later.