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Reports: Former SMU coach Chad Morris fired at Arkansas just 22 games into coaching tenure

Morris failed to win an SEC Conference game since leaving SMU to coach Arkansas.

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.

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.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Scott Bell, Assistant Sports Editor. Scott is SportsDay's lead digital strategist. He also currently oversees coverage of the Morning News' college football, college basketball, Dallas Stars and golf coverage. He has been a part of the SportsDay team since 2010 and has previously led HS, Mavericks and soccer coverage. Prior to moving to Dallas, he worked at the Detroit Free Press. /thescottbell @ScottBellDMN
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