SMU's Chad Morris emerges as top target at Arkansas

SMU's Chad Morris emerges as top target at Arkansas

SMU's Chad Morris emerges as top target at Arkansas

SMU went 2-10 in his first season in 2015, 5-7 in '16 and 7-5 this season.

Morris is winding down his third season at SMU, and the Mustangs are 7-5 heading into the DXL Frisco Bowl against Louisiana Tech on December 20. - a coach-centric website - says Morris would target Clemson's Brent Venables as his defensive coordinator. SMU ranks 13th nationally in total offense (493.8 yards per game) and eighth in scoring offense (40.2 points per game).

Prior to assuming the control of the program at SMU, Morris was the offensive coordinator at Clemson, where he was at the forefront of the Tigers' turnaround from ACC also-ran to perennial national title contender.

The potential addition of Morris would mean Arkansas made two important hires this week. It did that Monday, hiring Hunter Yurachek away from Houston.

Arkansas fired five-year coach Bret Bielema on November 24 after the Razorbacks concluded a 4-8 overall/1-7 SEC season and only on Monday hired athletic director Hunter Yurachek of the University of Houston to replace Jeff Long, the Razorbacks' athletic director since 2008 but fired on November 15.

When Arkansas fired Bret Bielema on the day the Hogs' season ended - heck, they may have fired him as the season ended - speculation was that Auburn's Gus Malzahn would be at the top of the list of possible replacements. But if the Razorbacks become something other than a red-headed step child to Alabama, Auburn and LSU in the SEC West, he will prove to be the right choice.

With Malzahn out of the picture, Thamel reported Monday that Yurachek would target Morris and Memphis' Mike Norvell, both of whom Yurachek observed during his time in the AAC.

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