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Arkansas hires SMU's Chad Morris as new football coach

Arkansas has hired SMU's Chad Morris as the new football coach

Published on December 6, 2017 11:50AM

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FILE - In this Nov. 19, 2016, file photo, SMU head coach Chad Morris looks on from the sidelines during the first half of an NCAA college football game against South Florida, in Dallas. A person with direct knowledge of the decision tells The Associated Press that Arkansas has hired SMUís Chad Morris to become the schoolís new football coach. The person spoke Tuesday night, Dec. 5, 2017, on the condition of anonymity because the decision hasnít been made public yet. (AP Photo/Brandon Wade, File)

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FILE - In this Nov. 19, 2016, file photo, SMU head coach Chad Morris looks on from the sidelines during the first half of an NCAA college football game against South Florida, in Dallas. A person with direct knowledge of the decision tells The Associated Press that Arkansas has hired SMUís Chad Morris to become the schoolís new football coach. The person spoke Tuesday night, Dec. 5, 2017, on the condition of anonymity because the decision hasnít been made public yet. (AP Photo/Brandon Wade, File)

FILE - In this Nov. 19, 2016, file photo, SMU head coach Chad Morris shouts instructions from the sidelines during the first half of an NCAA college football game against  South Florida, in Dallas. A person with direct knowledge of the decision tells The Associated Press that Arkansas has hired SMUís Chad Morris to become the schoolís new football coach. The person spoke Tuesday night, Dec. 5, 2017, on the condition of anonymity because the decision hasnít been made public yet.(AP Photo/Brandon Wade, File)

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FILE - In this Nov. 19, 2016, file photo, SMU head coach Chad Morris shouts instructions from the sidelines during the first half of an NCAA college football game against South Florida, in Dallas. A person with direct knowledge of the decision tells The Associated Press that Arkansas has hired SMUís Chad Morris to become the schoolís new football coach. The person spoke Tuesday night, Dec. 5, 2017, on the condition of anonymity because the decision hasnít been made public yet.(AP Photo/Brandon Wade, File)

FILE - In this Dec. 1, 2014, file photo, new SMU head football coach Chad Morris claps before being introduced during a news conference at SMU in Dallas. A person with direct knowledge of the decision tells The Associated Press that Arkansas has hired SMUís Chad Morris to become the schoolís new football coach. The person spoke Tuesday night, Dec. 5, 2017, on the condition of anonymity because the decision hasnít been made public yet.(AP Photo/LM Otero, File)

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FILE - In this Dec. 1, 2014, file photo, new SMU head football coach Chad Morris claps before being introduced during a news conference at SMU in Dallas. A person with direct knowledge of the decision tells The Associated Press that Arkansas has hired SMUís Chad Morris to become the schoolís new football coach. The person spoke Tuesday night, Dec. 5, 2017, on the condition of anonymity because the decision hasnít been made public yet.(AP Photo/LM Otero, File)

FILE - In this Nov. 18, 2017, file photo, SMU head coach Chad Morris watches from the sideline in the first half of an NCAA college football game against Memphis, in Memphis, Tenn. A person with direct knowledge of the decision tells The Associated Press that Arkansas has hired SMUís Chad Morris to become the schoolís new football coach. The person spoke Tuesday night, Dec. 5, 2017, on the condition of anonymity because the decision hasnít been made public yet. (AP Photo/Brandon Dill)

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FILE - In this Nov. 18, 2017, file photo, SMU head coach Chad Morris watches from the sideline in the first half of an NCAA college football game against Memphis, in Memphis, Tenn. A person with direct knowledge of the decision tells The Associated Press that Arkansas has hired SMUís Chad Morris to become the schoolís new football coach. The person spoke Tuesday night, Dec. 5, 2017, on the condition of anonymity because the decision hasnít been made public yet. (AP Photo/Brandon Dill)


FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) ó Arkansas has hired SMU's Chad Morris as the new football coach.

The 49-year-old Morris, a longtime Texas high school coach and former Clemson offensive coordinator, agreed Wednesday to a six-year contract worth $3.5 million annually.

He replaces Bret Bielema, who was fired after compiling a 29-34 record in five seasons ó including 11-29 in the Southeastern Conference.

Morris leaves the Mustangs after compiling a 14-22 in three seasons. He took over a team that finished 1-11 in 2014, won two games his first season and improved to 5-7 in 2016 and 7-5 this year.

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