University names Chad Morris as Razorbacks head coach

New Razorbacks football coach Chad Morris arrives in Arkansas on Wednesday afternoon.

The University of Arkansas Department of Athletics confirms Chad Morris, previously with SMU, has become the 33rd head coach in Arkansas football history.

The coach agreed to a six-year contract, making $3.5 million annually along with being eligible for additional compensation through retention payments and incentives.

Morris will make his formal debut in his new role on Thursday morning at 10 a.m. in Fayetteville.

“The future is tremendously bright at the University of Arkansas with the addition of Chad Morris," said vice chancellor for athletics, Hunter Yurachek. "I am confident that Chad will bring an exciting brand of football, phenomenal student-athletes and championships to Fayetteville, and do it all with high integrity. We all owe a debt of gratitude to the incredible work of Julie Cromer Peoples in leading a comprehensive search and helping to bring a high caliber coach to Arkansas.”

“We are thrilled to welcome Chad, Paula and their children to the Arkansas family," said Chancellor Dr. Joseph E. Steinmetz. "I enjoyed getting to know him and I am confident that he is the right coach to lead us back to competing for SEC and national titles. Julie Cromer Peoples did an outstanding job conducting the search in her interim role and on behalf of the Razorbacks everywhere, I say, ‘thank you’ to Julie. I am pleased that Hunter Yurachek had the opportunity to be involved in the final decision and offer and we cannot wait to have Chad leading our program.”

“As we began our search for the next head football coach of the Arkansas Razorbacks, Chad Morris was a name that quickly emerged as someone that would be an excellent choice for our program," said Julie Cromer Peoples, who stepped in as interim athletics director when Jeff Long was terminated from the position in November. "Coach Morris aligns with the priorities we sought to find in our next head football coach including relentless work ethic and the ability to maintain good relationships within our state and beyond to attract the nation’s top talent. Chad is demanding but still relatable to the student-athletes of this generation. He was identified by several closely connected with our program as someone that our state would embrace and would fit the fabric of our university and our program.”

Morris replaces former head coach Bret Bielema, who was dismissed following the team's loss to Missouri. Bielema's removal came a little over a week after Long was terminated.

Morris, a Dallas native, took the lead as the head football coach for SMU in December 2014.

Before his move to SMU, he held various positions at Clemson and Tulsa on the collegiate level. Before his college coaching career, he served as head coach of several high school teams.

The coach earned his bachelor’s degree in mathematics with a minor in statistics from Texas A&M in 1992.

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