University of Arkansas fires Chad Morris after failing to win SEC game

Coaching job profile Pluses and minuses of the Arkansas opening

Coaching job profile Pluses and minuses of the Arkansas opening

Arkansas has parted ways with Chad Morris as head coach, a person with knowledge of the matter told USA TODAY Sports.

The Razorbacks had enough after watching an embarrassing 45-19 home loss to Western Kentucky on Saturday. The move comes as Chad Morris was sacked after just 22 games as the Hogs head coach, in which he went 4-18 overall and 0-14 in the SEC. The school's SEC losing streak reached 18 straight games with a blowout loss at home against Mississippi State in early November.

Arkansas has an open date this coming weekend before finishing the season against LSU on the road and then Missouri at home.

"It is clear we have not made the progress necessary to compete and win, especially within the Southeastern Conference", AD Hunter Yuracheck said in a press release.

"I want to express my personal and professional regard to Coach Morris and thank him for his investment in the lives of our student-athletes".

Morris was Arkansas' choice after former Razorbacks offensive coordinator and current Auburn coach Gus Malzahn declined it. Morris was hired on December 6, 2017, just weeks after Arkansas hired Yurachek.

Morris, a legend in Texas high school coaching who made his name in college football as Clemson's offensive coordinator, will be owed $10 million as part of his buyout agreement. Assistant Coach and former Razorback quarterback Barry Lunney Jr. will serve as the interim head football coach for the remainder of the 2019 football season.

So how good is the Arkansas job?

Morris has an overall head coaching record of 18-40 (SMU and Arkansas).

Arkansas could end up pursuing Auburn's Gus Malzahn, Memphis' Mike Norvell or Washington State's Mike Leach, among others.

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