Arkansas fires Chad Morris just after going four-18 in 2 seasons

Arkansas coach Chad Morris talks with an official while playing Western Kentucky during the second half of an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Nov. 9, 2019 in Fayetteville, Ark.

Arkansas coach Chad Morris talks with an official when taking part in Western Kentucky all through the following 50 % of an NCAA faculty soccer sport, Saturday, Nov. 9, 2019 in Fayetteville, Ark.

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Arkansas fired soccer coach Chad Morris on Sunday quickly after 22 video video games and no Southeastern Assembly victories over roughly two lackluster seasons.

Morris accomplished four-18 and -14 within the SEC. Arkansas created the switch a lot lower than 24 a number of hours simply after the Razorbacks misplaced 45-19 at residence to a Western Kentucky crew quarterbacked by former Razorback Ty Storey. Morris’ solely victories got here as soon as once more Japanese Illinois, Portland State — two FCS teams — Tulsa and Colorado Level out.

“As element of my ongoing evaluation, I have come to the summary that a modify in leadership is needed to transfer our football software forward and situation it for achievement,” athletic director Hunter Yurachek reported in a press release. “It is apparent that we have not produced the progress needed to contend and acquire, especially in the Southeastern Conference.”

Morris is the second Electrical energy 5 mentor to be fired after previous than two seasons on the place in eight days. Florida State fired Willie Taggart instantly after 21 video video games final Sunday.

A calendar yr simply after a $160 million stadium renovation and progress, Arkansas skilled its two most affordable-attended recreation titles given that a previous enlargement in 2001.

Morris was employed from SMU in December 2017 instantly after Arkansas fired Bret Bielema. SMU went 14-22 in Morris’ three seasons in Dallas, despite the fact that the Mustangs enhanced every calendar yr, capping at 7-five in 2017. Simply earlier than that, Morris was offensive coordinator at Clemson.

Morris, a Texas native, was a worthwhile giant faculty mentor for yrs prematurely of getting offensive coordinator at Tulsa. Instantly after only one 12 months, he was employed absent by Clemson, precisely the place he coached and recruited Deshaun Watson.

Morris was Arkansas’ choice simply after earlier Razorbacks offensive coordinator and up to date Auburn coach Gus Malzahn declined it. Morris was employed on Dec. 6, 2017, simply weeks following Arkansas employed Yurachek.

Arkansas owes Morris simply in extra of $10 million in buying out his contract. The faculty is nonetheless spending Bielema as part of an $11.eight million buyout. Earlier this month, the Razorback Foundation, a private group which handles funds for the buyout, questioned Bielema to repay the $four.2 million paid out him thus far, believing Bielema’s occupation as line of defense mentor for the New England Patriots negated the phrases of the deal.

Yurachek mentioned a national search for for the long run coach will begin off promptly. Assistant mentor and former Razorback quarterback Barry Lunney Jr. will function interim head coach for the comfort of the season.