BY MIKE CEIDE, WREG
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Arkansas has hired SMU’s Chad Morris as the new football coach.
The 49-year-old Morris, a longtime Texas high school coach and former Clemson offensive coordinator, agreed Wednesday to a six-year contract worth $3.5 million annually.
He replaces Bret Bielema, who was fired after compiling a 29-34 record in five seasons, including 11-29 in the Southeastern Conference.
Morris leaves the Mustangs after compiling a 14-22 in three seasons. He took over a team that finished 1-11 in 2014, won two games his first season and improved to 5-7 in 2016 and 7-5 this year.