Arkansas reportedly reaches deal with SMU coach Chad Morris

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"The future is tremendously bright at the University of Arkansas with the addition of Chad Morris", Razorbacks athletic director Hunter Yurachek said in a statement.

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Now, they get another former high school coach known for his offensive prowess — with Morris having spent 16 years as a high school coach in Texas and going 32-0 and winning a pair of state titles in his only two seasons at Lake Travis in the Austin area. Morris' name has been associated with the opening since before former head coach Bret Bielema was hired, the day after Bielema was sacked and throughout the search. Morris agreed to a six-year contract and will make $3.5 million annually.

Morris had tremendous success on the recruiting trail while at SMU and was a thorn in the side of the Mean Green over the last few years. Morris has great connections in the coaching realm and is respected greatly by his peers. Bielema's five-year tenure resulted in three bowl games but losing records overall (29-34) and in SEC games (11-29).

Morris is considered one of the top offensive-minded coaches in college football.

Morris brings a wide-open up-tempo spread offense the likes of which Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium has never seen from the home team.

UTEP said in a release that the school and the 55-year-old Dimel are working on a mutually agreeable start date following completion of his coaching responsibilities with Kansas State, his alma mater where he has been back since 2009. Even more impressive, Morris inherited an offense that ranked last (128th) in the FBS in scoring in 2014 (11.8) and turned it into the nation's eighth-highest scoring offensive (40.1) in 2017.

His recruiting abilities did not stop at SMU. He and his wife, Paula, have two children, daughter Mackenzie and son Chandler.

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