After weeks of searching, the University of Arkansas has hired its next head football coach. According to multiple reports, Morris is finalizing the details of his new contract with the Hogs. During his time leading the Mustangs, the 49 year old recorded an overall record of 14-22. He inherited a 1-11 program from June Jones in 2014 and this season led the Mustangs to a 7-5 record and bowl eligibility for the first time since 2012.
Morris successfully rebuilt SMU in his three seasons with the program.
He was the architect of high-scoring offenses at Texas high schools and Clemson before rebuilding SMU's program.
"The future is tremendously bright at the University of Arkansas with the addition of Chad Morris", Arkansas athletic director Hunter Yurachek said in a statement.
This will be Morris' second head-coaching job. "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".
Morris replaces five-year Arkansas Coach Bret Bielema fired November 24 after the Razorbacks concluded a 4-8 overall/1-7 SEC campaign. The Mustangs upset No. 11 Houston in the 2016 season, and clinched bowl eligibility this year with a thrilling, 38-34 win over Tulsa.