The 49-year-old Morris will be tasked with turning around an Arkansas program that has finished under.500 three times in the past six seasons and hasn't won 10 games in a season since 2011.
"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", Peoples said. The bowl berth this year is the first since a 2012 Hawaii Bowl win over Fresno State.
The Razorbacks have been scouring the coaching market since firing Bret Bielema on November 24 following a 4-8 season in 2017.
Without then mentioning Morris by name since the hiring wasn't official, Yurachek Wednesday morning said he was "100 percent comfortable with the results of the coaching search" conducted by Julie Cromer Peoples, Arkansas' senior associate athletic director who served as interim athletic director since the November 15 firing of Arkansas Athletic Director Jeff Long.
Morris would become the 33rd head coach in Arkansas history. Hunter Yurachek was hired from Houston on Monday. Before Morris took over the program, SMU went 3-21 in the two season prior to his arrival.
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