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. Coach Morris aligns with the priorities we sought to find in our next head football coach including relentless work ethic and the ability to maintain good relationships within our state and beyond to attract the nation's top talent. He led Lake Travis High School to back-to-back undefeated seasons and state championship in Texas' highest level of competition. He and his wife, Paula, have two children, a daughter, Mackenzie, and son, Chandler.
Before his arrival at SMU, Morris spent four seasons as Dabo Swinney's offensive coordinator at Clemson, where he helped land Deshaun Watson. The Mustangs are ranked No. 13 in the FBS in total yards and eighth in scoring.
The Razorbacks have been mired in mediocrity since back-to-back double-digit-win seasons in 2010-11 in Bobby Petrino's final years with the program. He has a career record of 14-22 in his three seasons. At Clemson, Morris also coached players like Tajh Boyd (drafted by the New York Jets), Andre Ellington (Arizona Cardinals), DeAndre Hopkins (Houston Texans), Sammy Watkins (Los Angeles Rams), Martavis Bryant (Pittsburgh Steelers), Dwayne Allen (New England Patriots), Tyler Shatley (Jacksonville Jaguars) and Brandon Thomas (Jacksonville Jaguars).