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

Vice Chancellor and Director of Athletics Hunter Yurachek announced today that Chad Morris has been dismissed as the head football coach. Morris' short tenure at Arkansas had been a disaster on the field: 4-18 overall and 0-14 in the SEC with embarrassing losses to North Texas, San Jose State and Colorado State prior to Saturday's blowout.

The final game was a defining one: A 45-19 loss to a Western Kentucky team that was led by former Arkansas QB Ty Storey. The Hogs also lost 31-24 at home to San Jose State on September 21, triggering a seven-game losing streak. The Hogs then go on the road to play SEC rival No. 2 LSU.

"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".

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Lunney, a former Arkansas quarterback, is in his seventh season on Arkansas' coaching staff. According to the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, the Razorback Foundation stopped has stopped paying out the $320,833 monthly check Bielema was owed, claiming he hasn't fulfilled his end of the settlement to seek similar employment that would offset Arkansas' obligation. With Morris gone, Arkansas can only do better.

The Razorbacks owed Bielema about $11.9 million when they fired him in November 2017.

Arkansas will hold a press conference on Monday about the firing and Barry Lunney the interim head coach. It may take them several years to compete to any extent in the SEC West.

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