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Arkansas Focused on Chad Morris in Coaching Search

Arkansas Focused on Chad Morris in Coaching Search

Chad Morris is far from the only coach making the move from SMU to Arkansas - and it will have a heavy dose of Clemson experience.

Morris is 14-22 in three seasons at SMU but posted a 7-5 record this season and earned a berth in the Frisco Bowl against Louisiana Tech.

Bielema took over in Fayeteville in December of 2012, leaving his head coaching job at the University of Wisconsin where he had coached since 2006.

Morris' offensive scheme was exactly what SMU needed, as it increased its scoring output by 16.7 points per game - the second-largest increase in the nation in 2015.

According to multiple reports, Morris held a team meeting Wednesday morning to tell his SMU players about his decision to head northeast to the Natural State. He was the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach for Clemson from 2011-2014.

The 49-year-old Morris will formally be introduced on Thursday.

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.

Bielema was sacked after the Razorbacks went 4-8 this season. "I am pleased that Hunter Yurachek had the opportunity to be involved in the final decision and offer and we can not wait to have Chad leading our program".

In his first year at SMU, the Mustangs went 2-10.

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