According to reports, Arkansas found its next head coach at Chad Morris of SMU. On Tuesday night, reports surfaced that he will be named head coach of the Razorbacks, replacing Bret Bielema in Fayetteville.
Chad Morris will be named head coach of the University of Arkansas. #wps
– Trey Biddy (@TreyBiddy) December 5, 2017
Arkansas and Chad Morris agree to an agreement, and the Hogs plan to announce him as head coach later on Wednesday, according to sources to ESPN.
– Chris Low (@ClowESPN) December 6, 2017
According to Football Scoop, Morris is expected to try to hire Clemson's defensive coordinator, Brent Venables, for the same position on his team.
Morris has just finished his third year as head coach of the Mustangs: his team finished with a 7-5 mark and won a bowl opportunity against Louisiana Tech at the Frisco Bowl. During the first two seasons of Morris as head coach, his teams finished 2-10 and 5-7, so he has made a big improvement in three short seasons.
The change in Dallas is impressive, and much of the success the Mustangs have experienced is due to their offense, as Bill Connelly pointed out in his SMU preview for 2017:
When Morris arrived, the SMU offensive had regressed for four consecutive years, from 43 in Off. S & P + in 2010 to 125 in 2014. The defense lasted longer before collapsing, but still ranked 108th in 2014. Before Morris could worry about scoring important points or winning games, he had to resupply the board of depth.
Get there. The offense increased to 63rd in 2015 and remained stable at 72nd in 2016 despite the fact that Morris passed the offense to a freshman quarterback (Ben Hicks). The defense, meanwhile, fell further in 2015 before improving its hair last fall. After winning only two games in their debut season, the Mustangs won five in 2016, even scoring an ultra-symbolic 38-16 domination against Houston on October 22.
Each of the two full-year Morris recruiting classes ranked seventh in the AAC, according to the 247Sports Composite. He has signed 25 three-star recruits in that span and has brought some power conference transfers.
Before accepting the job of head coach at SMU, Morris made a name as Clemson's offensive coordinator under Dabo Swinney, a position he held for four seasons. The offensive that it executes is an attack of extended option, but it has elements that make it like a modern skeleton. Ian Boyd's profile in 2014 captures how he hurts defenses so easily:
The description "basketball on grass" is apt, but in a literal sense. Capture how the offense is more about getting the ideal matches and execution options, such as in basketball, instead of guessing the opponent. The lightning tempo used by Malzahn and Morris also allows for this simplicity.
You can see the effects of simple concepts run quickly in the SEC. There is no confusion about why the Alabama defense of Nick Saban has had more problems with Auburn and Texas A & M, teams that use tempo.
Some of his favorite tactics, such as play-call diversity and higher-volume players, become completely nullified and he even turned against him, while his players suck air and look towards the sideline while the opponent is already breaking the ball.
Of course, despite that simplicity and speed, Morris teams will make intensive use of the movement to change the leverage before the snap. and see if the defense fits. Often the options of the QB will depend on the response of the defense to the movement. This creates a lot of confusion for the defense.
After the click, you can see how the past comes to life when Morris's smashmouth division begins to go through the four options of a triple-option attack, either two or three at a time. Or all at once. It's okay. The best triple-option offenses present four main threats to consider.
The philosophy behind the system he runs is the one he learned from Auburn coach Gus Malzahn, which Morris saw while Malzahn was the offensive coordinator in Arkansas in 2006. Morris was a high school coach in Texas at that time. moment. After his brainstorming sessions with Malzahn, his career took off. He became the head coach of the Texas Lake Travis center, winning consecutive state championships in 2008 and 2009. He was hired as Tulsa's offensive coordinator in 2010 before Swinney hired him in 2011. De Boyd a few years ago, again:  He's become one of the highest paid soccer assistants, he has overseen the attacks that have propelled three consecutive seasons of 10 wins and bowl wins against LSU and Ohio State, and it seems like a block to a coaching job superior at some point.
This is a great attraction for Arkansas to potentially attract prospects from the state. Morris has strong roots in Texas, and used Longhorn State recruits within his SMU program. Morris is from Edgewood, Texas, and went to college in Texas A & M. He spent 16 seasons in the state coaching high school soccer, where he compiled a record of 169-38.
One of the most remarkable things Morris did during his three seasons as SMU head coach was to successfully recruit Texas.
At Morris "The first two signature classes at SMU since they took over after 2014, the Mustangs have signed up to 47. Each and every one of them has had an address in Texas. recruiting for 2017, too, Morris came to college through nearly two decades training high school students in the state, so it's a natural strategy, and now it's his recruiting strategy.
"The only chance that We have to win with our high school coaches in Texas, "Morris told Steven Godfrey and Bill Connelly in the AAC media days." Well, I'm one of them. I trained with them for 18 years. Meeting those guys, counting on their help, is a big part of our recruitment success. "
Morris comes from East Texas, and that's part of the SMU approach, along with Houston, Austin and the main bastion of recruiting the Mustangs, the Dallas-Fort Worth area, and virtually all the signatories are Texans.
"We are placing the market," he said. "We are the only Division I program in our state that can say that, so it's a tough mentality for Texas. "
When he was hired at SMU, Morris seemed to be the perfect candidate for the job, now he has the opportunity to translate his success in Arkansas, and with his recruiting skills and his offensive scheme , going to Fayetteville sounds like a local counterattack.