Multiple sources with knowledge of the situation have told the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette that SMU Coach Chad Morris was involved in negotiations with University of Arkansas, Fayetteville officials and on the brink of an agreement Tuesday evening.
With Auburn and Memphis locking up Gus Malzahn and Mike Norvell, respectively, Arkansas has turned its attention to Morris. His Mustangs are slated to compete in the Frisco Bowl this year after posting a 7-5 record. We even used an emoji.
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Morris inherited a major rebuild at SMU, which went 1-11 the year before he arrived.
Morris, known for running an uptempo spread offense, has a 14-22 overall record, going 2-10 in 2015, 5-7 in 2016 and 7-5 this year.
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Hunter Yurachek was named Arkansas new athletic director on Monday, so it makes sense the search for a football coach will ramp up now.
Arkansas fired five-year coach Bret Bielema on November 24 after the Razorbacks concluded a 4-8 overall/1-7 SEC season and only on Monday hired athletic director Hunter Yurachek of the University of Houston to replace Jeff Long, the Razorbacks' athletic director since 2008 but fired on November 15. Football Scoop is reporting that Morris would be looking to bring on Clemson DC Brent Venables to his staff if he does, indeed, land at Arkansas.
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Morris oversees an explosive Mustangs offense averaging 40.2 points ad 493.8 yards per game. Bielema was unceremoniously fired on his way off the field after Arkansas' loss to Missouri in their season finale. Norvell agreed to a contract extension at Memphis earlier Tuesday, and the Morris hire came into picture soon after.