Arkansas officially made a move at head coach today, firing Chad Morris following Saturday’s embarrassing loss to Western Kentucky.
Morris, who went 4-18 in less than two seasons at Arkansas, was hired to replace Bret Bielema, who was fired at the end of the 2017 season.
“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,” Arkansas AD Hunter Yurachek said in a statement. “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.”
Where does Arkansas go from here? The Razorbacks appear to have one “dream candidate.”
Auburn head coach Gus Malzahn appears to be candidate No. 1 for Arkansas, though it’s unclear if the Tigers’ head coach would be interested.
What’s next for #Arkansas after Chad Morris’ dismissal? Gus Malzahn remains the dream candidate, but there are plenty of others. Here’s my look at the job.
— Adam Rittenberg (@ESPNRittenberg) November 10, 2019
The Athletic’s Bruce Feldman also reported on Arkansas’ potential interest in Malzahn. Again, though, it seems unlikely that Auburn’s head coach would seriously consider leaving.
— Bruce Feldman (@BruceFeldmanCFB) November 10, 2019
The most-likely scenario with Malzahn is that he once again secures a big extension from Auburn as a result of another program’s interest.
Or, maybe, this is finally the time that he jumps to another job.