Former SMU coach Chad Morris has been relieved of his duties as Arkansas head football coach, according to multiple reports. The firing was first reported by CBS’ Bobby Swofford.
Morris was 4-18 as the Razorbacks’ head coach, a record that included an 0-14 mark against SEC opponents.
Following Saturday’s 45-19 loss to Western Kentucky, Morris was asked if he’s still the right guy to get the job done in Arkansas.
“Absolutely,” he said. “I am the guy.
“There’s no question.”
Prior to taking the Arkansas job, Morris was SMU’s head coach for three seasons from 2015-2017. After a 2-10 first season on the Hilltop, Morris improved the Mustangs to a 5-7 record in 2016 and then a 7-5 record in 2017.
Highland Park QB Chandler Morris had 13 reported offers when he decided to commit to Arkansas and play for his father, who was reportedly fired as head coach today. Three of those schools don’t have a 2020 QB commit:— Joseph Hoyt (@JoeJHoyt) November 10, 2019
- Boise State
- Virginia Tech
- and... Oklahoma#txhsfb
Morris’ son Chandler is a QB for Highland Park. He’s currently committed to play for Arkansas next season, but that could be up in the air with the reported firing of his father.
According to his employment agreement, Morris is owed a buyout of 70 percent of his remaining contract, which will reportedly come out to just north of $10 million.
A news conference has been scheduled for noon on Monday with Arkansas AD Hunter Yurachek and Arkansas assistant Barry Lunney Jr., who will serve as the interim coach for the rest of the season.
Morris was hired from SMU in December 2017 after Arkansas fired Bret Bielema. Before that, Morris was offensive coordinator at Clemson.
Morris, a Texas native, was a successful high school coach for years before becoming offensive coordinator at Tulsa. After one year, he was hired away by Clemson, where he coached and recruited Deshaun Watson.
Dabo Swinney on Chad Morris: "There’s going to be a lot of people in this business (who) get fired if you only get a year-and-a-half to build a program. But I guess that’s the direction that we’re headed. I think Chad is a great coach. I think he’s a winner."— Grace Raynor (@gmraynor) November 10, 2019
The Associated Press contributed to this report.