Chad Morris leaves SMU to accept Arkansas head coaching job

Chad Morris leaves SMU to accept Arkansas head coaching job

SMU head coach Chad Morris has left SMU to accept a the head coaching job at Arkansas, it was announced Wednesday. It comes after a flurry of reports in the last two weeks that had Morris tied to the Ole Miss and Tennessee jobs, too. Associate head coach and running backs coach Jeff Traylor will serve as the interim head coach, a source confirmed. Under Morris, SMU grew into one of the most prolific offenses in the country. The Mustangs are ranked No. 13 in the FBS in total yards and eighth in scoring. Before SMU, Morris spent four seasons at Clemson, where he helped turn the Tigers into an offensive power house with his "tempo" approach and played a major role in the recruitment of quarterback Deshaun Watson, now with the Houston Texans. In his first year at SMU, the Mustangs went 2-10. SMU improved to 5-7 last year, including a 38-16 win over No. 11 Houston.

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SMU head coach Chad Morris has left SMU to accept a the head coaching job at Arkansas, it was announced Wednesday. It comes after a flurry of reports in the last two weeks that had Morris tied to the Ole Miss and Tennessee jobs, too.

Associate head coach and running backs coach Jeff Traylor will serve as the interim head coach, a source confirmed.

Morris, 49, finishes his three years at SMU with a 14-22 mark. He inherited a 1-11 program from June Jones in 2014 and this season led the Mustangs to a 7-5 record and bowl eligibility for the first time since 2012.

Under Morris, SMU grew into one of the most prolific offenses…

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