Arkansas has reportedly reached agreement with next head coach Tom Pennington/Getty Images
DALLAS, TX - OCTOBER 22: Head coach Chad Morris of the Southern Methodist Mustangs leads the Mustangs against the Houston Cougars in the second half at Gerald J. Ford Stadium on October 22, 2016 in Dallas, Texas. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)

SMU coach Chad Morris has reportedly reached a deal to become Arkansas’ next head coach and is expected to be officially introduced by the university on Wednesday, according to multiple sources.

ESPN’s Chris Low reported that the two sides reached a deal and that the coach would be introduced on Wednesday.

The Associated Press confirmed that Morris agreed to a 6-year deal to join Arkansas.

On Tuesday, multiple reports indicated that Morris was expected to be the Razorbacks’ next head coach.

Morris has spent the past three seasons with the Mustangs, where he compiled a 14-22 (8-16 AAC) overall record after inheriting a team that had previously finished its season at 1-11 (1-7). SMU improved its record during each of his three seasons in Dallas, which included a 7-5 finish in 2017.

Morris had previously worked as an offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at Clemson from 2011-14 and Tulsa in 2010 before that.


Morris also spent 16 seasons coaching high school football in Texas, where he recorded a 169-38 overall career record, including leading Lake Travis High School to consecutive 16-0 seasons and state title seasons in 2008-09.

Morris, 49, will be Arkansas’ 33rd head football coach in program history. He will replace former head coach Bret Bielema, who was fired immediately after the Razorbacks’ loss to Missouri on Nov. 24.

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