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Chad Morris likely to be hired at Arkansas

Chad Morris likely to be hired at Arkansas

The University of Arkansas and SMU Football coach Chad Morris dotted the contract i's and crossed the t's for Morris Wednesday afternoon officially to be announced as the Razorbacks new head football coach. Prior to his tenure at SMU, he was offensive coordinator at both Clemson and Tulsa and was a long-time successful high school coach in Texas.

Morris, 49, finishes his three years at SMU with a 14-22 mark. SMU improved to 5-7 a year ago, including a 38-16 win over No. 11 Houston. Before getting to the collegiate level, Morris compiled a 169-38 career record as a high school coach in the state of Texas.

Born on December 4, 1968 in Edgewood, Texas, Morris attended Texas A&M University and earned a bachelor's degree in mathematics with a minor in statistics in 1992 but did not play college football.

Ken Hatfield was hired following the 1983 season after a five-year stint at the Air Force Academy, where he went 26-32-1. He turned the program around from two wins in 2015 to the seven wins this season.

Hatfield left Arkansas for Clemson in January 1990 amid declining attendance that was linked to his triple-option offense.

After numerous reports linked mutual interest between Malzahn and the Razorbacks and a return to his home state, the Auburn head coach ultimately signed a long extension with the Tigers that included a nice raise. Their record was 2-10 his first year, 5-7 in 2016, and went 7-5 this past year.