- By KURT VOIGT, AP Sports Writer
- FILE - In this Nov. 19, 2016, file photo, SMU head coach Chad Morris shouts instructions from the sidelines during the first half of an NCAA college football game against South Florida, in Dallas. A person with direct knowledge of the decision tells The Associated Press that Arkansas has hired SMU’s Chad Morris to become the school’s new football coach. The person spoke Tuesday night, Dec. 5, 2017, on the condition of anonymity because the decision hasn’t been made public yet.(AP Photo/Brandon Wade, File)
By KURT VOIGT, AP Sports Writer
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) — 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.
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