Chad Morris signed, sealed and soon to be delivered

Laura Christensen
December 7, 2017

After weeks of searching, the University of Arkansas has hired its next head football coach. He spent 15 years as a Texas high school coach before being hired at Tulsa as an assistant.

He replaces Bret Bielema, who was sacked after compiling a 29-34 record in five seasons - including 11-29 in the Southeastern Conference.

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. SMU improved to 5-7 past year, including a 38-16 win over No. 11 Houston.

Morris inherited a major rebuild at SMU, which went 1-11 the year before he arrived. Before getting to the collegiate level, Morris compiled a 169-38 career record as a high school coach in the state of Texas. He did not play college football. He and his wife, Paula, have two children, a daughter, Mackenzie, and son, Chandler.

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Morris has turned around the SMU football program in his three years there, taking the Mustangs to their first bowl game since 2012 this year.

Hatfield left Arkansas for Clemson in January 1990 amid declining attendance that was linked to his triple-option offense. He won consecutive state titles at Lake Travis and also was the head coach at Stephenville, Bay City, Elysian Fields and Eustace.

Arkansas went 4-8 in 2017 before firing head coach Bret Bielema. He was sacked a day later.

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