SMU's Chad Morris is leading candidate at Arkansas, sources say

SMU's Chad Morris is leading candidate at Arkansas, sources say

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SMU head coach Chad Morris is the leading candidate to fill the open vacancy at Arkansas as their next football coach in Fayetteville.

In 2016, Morris doubled SMU's wins from his inaugural season, though he only went from one win to two.

The Razorbacks have been scouring the coaching market since firing Bret Bielema on November 24 following a 4-8 season in 2017. In 2017, the Mustangs have had an impressive season with a 7-5 record and will play in the upcoming Frisco Bowl against Louisiana Tech.

The 49-year-old Morris will be tasked with turning around an Arkansas program that has finished under.500 three times in the past six seasons and hasn't won 10 games in a season since 2011. Arkansas hired Houston's Hunter Yurachek as its new athletics director on Monday. 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). According to his profile on the SMU athletics department website, Clemson broke 127 school offensive records during his tenure and posted a 41-11 record in four seasons.

Now, Morris will have to assemble his coaching staff, and he's expected to target a big-name defensive coordinator in Clemson's Brent Venables.

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