Arkansas football hired Chad Morris away from SMU, to try and get the program out of the rut that it hit under Bret Bielema. Instead, the Razorbacks dug themselves into an even deeper hole during his two years, and were not even reliably competitive against Group of Five programs.
Morris’ seat has been hot for weeks. After a 2-10 season without an SEC win in 2018, the team looks bound for an identical record again this year.
Today was supposed to be a spot where Arkansas could pick up an easy non-conference win late in the season. Instead, the Razorbacks got absolutely bludgeoned at home by Western Kentucky, a team in its first year under new head coach Tyson Helton. WKU is a good story this season, but there is no way that Arkansas should be dropping to a middle of the pack Conference USA team, especially at home.
It wasn’t just a win for the Hilltoppers, it was a blowout. Western Kentucky took down the SEC West program 45-19.
Any fan support that Morris held on to entering today has likely eroded with this most recent embarrassment. Arkansas hasn’t shown any real improvement over the last two years, and with today’s loss, is just 4-4 against FCS and Group of Five opponents. San Jose State, another rebuilding G5, beat the Hogs earlier this season.
It was hard to see Morris surviving the loss, and now it appears to be official. According to 5 News in Arkansas, he has been fired after 22 games as Arkansas head coach.
BREAKING NEWS: Chad Morris has been fired as the Arkansas football coach https://t.co/w7gxFF3B6C
— Bobby Swofford (@5NEWSBobby) November 10, 2019
The former Clemson offensive coordinator was not a stranger to rebuilds when he took over Arkansas. When he took over SMU, the Mustangs might have been the worst team in FBS football. He got them to a bowl in year three.
Where his teams showed consistent improvement during his time at SMU, they never did at Arkansas. Bad losses aside, that was the biggest issue.
Arkansas joins Rutgers and Florida State as Power Five teams looking for new coaches. FSU’s Willie Taggart was also let go in year two. We should see a number of other openings in the coming weeks, as we approach the end of the season.