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

Report Chad Morris likely to be hired at Arkansas

SMU head coach Chad Morris is the leading candidate to fill the open vacancy at Arkansas as their next football coach in Fayetteville. Here are five things you should know about the Hogs' new head man.

Morris, 49, spent the past three seasons as the head coach at SMU in Dallas and gained notoriety for his Texas only recruiting philosophy.

Morris is considered one of the top offensive-minded coaches in college football. He and his wife, Paula, have two children, a daughter, Mackenzie, and son, Chandler.

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. Following the 2010 season he headed to Clemson as Dabo Swinney's offensive coordinator from 2011-14. This season, SMU ranks among the top 15 in the FBS in scoring offense (40.2 points), total offense (493.8 yards) and passing yards (308 yards).

Morris provided the SMU program with some signature wins. Before getting to the collegiate level, Morris compiled a 169-38 career record as a high school coach in the state of Texas. In addition to his three state championships, Morris had three state runner-up teams - at Bay City in 2001 and Elysian Fields in 1998 and 1999.

Julie Cromer Peoples, who was interim athletic director for almost three weeks, led the search for a coach, in conjunction with the search firm DHR International.

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