Arkansas expected to hire Chad Morris away from SMU

Chad Morris

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Tuesday night comes word that Arkansas has zeroed in on SMU coach Chad Morris, and one report says a deal is imminent.

Morris inherited a major rebuild at SMU, which went 1-11 the year before he arrived.

Morris has a record of 14-22 in three seasons at SMU.

The Razorbacks fired Bielema last month after a 4-8 finish in his fifth season. On Monday, the school announced Houston's Hunter Yurachek would be its new athletic director, replacing Jeff Long.

When Arkansas fired Bret Bielema on the day the Hogs' season ended - heck, they may have fired him as the season ended - speculation was that Auburn's Gus Malzahn would be at the top of the list of possible replacements.

Morris is winding down his third season at SMU, and the Mustangs are 7-5 heading into the DXL Frisco Bowl against Louisiana Tech on December 20.

The 49-year-old Morris is known for a high-scoring, spread offense and putting up points and yards in a hurry.

Sources tell us to expect Morris to target Clemson defensive coordinator Brent Venables for his defensive coordinator spot on staff. According to his profile on the SMU athletics department website, Clemson broke 127 school offensive records during his tenure and posted a 41-11 record in four seasons. Morris made the jump to college after an ultra-successful career as a high school coach in the state of Texas.

Morris is the man who coached former Texas QB Garrett Gilbert at Lake Travis outside of Austin, and prior to those years, he was at Stephenville, another Texas powerhouse, along with Bay City, Elysian Fields and Eustace.

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