Razorbacks fire football coach Morris after 22 games

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

Arkansas Razorbacks have fired head football coach Chad Morris on Sunday. The school fired the coach one day after a dismal performance against the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers on Saturday.

The Hilltoppers won 45-19 over the Razorbacks in Fayetteville, Arkansas. Plus, in addition to the blow out loss, Arkansas paid $3 million to Western Kentucky to play the game.

Former Arkansas Razorbacks head coach Chad Morris talks with an official on the sidelines against the Alabama Crimson Tide
Chad Morris talks with an official on the sidelines against the Alabama Crimson Tide (Getty Images)

“As part of my continued evaluation, I have come to the conclusion that a change in leadership is necessary to move our football program forward and position it for success,” Athletic Director Hunter Yurachek said. “It is clear that we have not made the progress necessary to compete and win, especially within the Southeastern Conference. Throughout our history in football, as well as with our other sport programs, we have demonstrated that the University of Arkansas is capable of being nationally competitive. I have no doubt that as we move forward, we will identify a head coach that will help lead our program to that benchmark.

“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.”

His departure comes after just 22 games. During that stretch, the team went 4-18 in the one-plus seasons at the school.

The Razorbacks have lost seven straight games. Their last win came on September 14th in a 55-34 victory over the Colorado State Rams.

Arkansas had two wins in the first three weeks of the season. They also won 20-13 over the Portland State Vikings on August 31st.

But it has been disaster since then with the seven-game losing streak. Arkansas has been blown out in the last four games, being out scored 198-60.

Twice during the last four games, the Razorbacks have given up 51 points and 54 points. The other two games, the team gave up 45 points and 48 points.

The 50-year-old college football coach has been a head coach for five seasons. However, just once during his tenure, has he had a winning record.

In 2017, he guided the SMU Mustangs to a 7-5 record for his only winning season, as a college coach. The Mustangs participated in the Frisco Bowl; however, Morris left for Arkansas before the Bowl game.

As a college football head coach, he has an 18-40 record.

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