Chad Morris has officially been named Arkansas’ head football coach. He has reportedly agreed to a 6-year, $3.5M/year contract with incentives that can increase up to $4M/year. Morris is most known for building the Clemson offense while recruiting players like Sammy Watkins, DeAndre Hopkins, and Deshaun Watson. In his 3 years at SMU, he has turned around a program that had a 1-11 record the year before he was hired.
This year, he led the Mustangs to a 7-5 record and a bowl game while putting up a 3,000 yard passer, 2 1,000 yard receivers, and a 1,000 yard rusher. QB Ben Hicks broke the SMU single season record for TDs (32) and career record for TDs (51). He is also currently 3rd in SMU history for passing yards in a season (3,442) and 3rd for career passing yards (6,372). On the receiving side, Trey Quinn is 2nd in SMU history for receptions in a season (106) and 4th in receiving yards in a season (1191). Meanwhile, Courtland Sutton is 3rd in SMU history for career receiving yards (3,152), 3rd in receiving yards in a season (1,246) and 1st in receiving yards in a single game (252).
According to multiple reports, Morris intends to target Clemson Defensive Coordinator Brent Venables for the same position at Arkansas.