SMU's Chad Morris emerges as top target at Arkansas

Nov 18 2017 Memphis TN USA Southern Methodist Mustangs head coach Chad Morris before the game against the Memphis Tigers at Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium

Chad Morris Reportedly to Be Named Arkansas Head Coach After 3 Years at SMU

Morris is winding down his third season at SMU, and the Mustangs are 7-5 heading into the DXL Frisco Bowl against Louisiana Tech on December 20. The bowl berth this year is the first since a 2012 Hawaii Bowl win over Fresno State.

Now, the question- will SMU have their head coach on the sidelines at the bowl game?

Per Trey Biddy of, Morris will be named the Razorbacks' head coach. Previous reports tied him to Ole Miss and Tennessee. That program began to rise from the ashes under Morris.

Morris, known for running an uptempo spread offense, has a 14-22 overall record, going 2-10 in 2015, 5-7 in 2016 and 7-5 this year.

Before his arrival at SMU, Morris spent four seasons as Dabo Swinney's offensive coordinator at Clemson, where he helped land Deshaun Watson.

Dating back to Les Miles when he was at LSU, Arkansas seemed to be the school used by a coach as leverage to get a raise and a longer contract from his current school.

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Gus Malzahn, who was a walk-on wide receiver for two years in 1984-95 at Arkansas and was an offensive coordinator at the school in 2006, had been connected to the job before he agreed to a seven-year deal to remain head coach at Auburn.

Arkansas fired five-year coach Bret Bielema on November 24 after the Razorbacks concluded a 4-8 overall/1-7 SEC season and only on Monday hired athletic director Hunter Yurachek of the University of Houston to replace Jeff Long, the Razorbacks' athletic director since 2008 but fired on November 15.

The SMU coaching staff was spending Tuesday night recruiting when these reports started to surface.

By all accounts, Morris isn't Arkansas' first choice.

Morris has coached SMU for three seasons.

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