Chad Morris (born December 4, 1968) is an American football coach. He is currently the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at Auburn University. He was the head football coach at the University of Arkansas, a position he held from the 2018 season to the 2019 season. Morris served as the head football coach at Southern Methodist University (SMU) from 2015 to 2017.
Coaching career[edit source | edit]
Prior to his collegiate coaching career, he was a high school head coach in Texas for 16 seasons compiling a 169–38 record (.816 winning overall). Most recently he was the head coach of the Lake Travis High School football team from 2008 to 2009. He coached the team, starring quarterback Garrett Gilbert, to back-to-back 16–0, state title seasons. Morris made the move to college in 2010 when he became the offensive coordinator and associate head coach at the University of Tulsa. He would spend only one season at Tulsa before moving to Clemson University as offensive coordinator. The 2 years prior to Morris' arrival, Clemson went a combined 15–12, including a record of 6–7 in 2010. Morris introduced a hurry-up, spread offense that helped Clemson to a 42–11 mark over the next four seasons. In December 2011, Morris became tied with Gus Malzahn as the highest paid assistant in college football after Clemson University gave Morris a six-year contract worth $1.3 million annually.
In December 2012, Morris interviewed for the Texas Tech head coaching vacancy, which had been created by the departure of Tommy Tuberville for Cincinnati. However, the job would be filled by Texas A&M offensive coordinator, and Texas Tech alumnus, Kliff Kingsbury.
SMU[edit source | edit]
Morris got his first opportunity to head coach at the collegiate level when he became head coach at the Southern Methodist University on December 1, 2014. Morris' first two classes of recruits at SMU were all from Texas high schools, making SMU the only school in the country with all-Texas recruiting classes during that time. Morris completed his tenure at SMU compiling a 14–22 record over 3 seasons. Morris improved his record each year at SMU going 2–10 in 2015, 5–7 in 2016 and 7–5 in 2017.
Arkansas[edit source | edit]
On December 6, 2017, Morris was hired as the head coach of the Arkansas Razorbacks, signing a six-year, $21 million contract. In his first year, Morris led the Razorbacks to a 2–10 record, notching the team’s first ten-loss season in school history. This included a winless record in SEC play.
After a 2–8 start to the 2019 season and a 45–19 loss to Group of 5 opponent Western Kentucky, Arkansas dismissed Morris in his second season. All four of his wins as head coach were over Group of Five (Tulsa, Colorado State) or FCS (Eastern Illinois, Portland State) competition. To date, he is the only full-time Razorback coach to have left the school without a conference win.
Auburn[edit source | edit]
Coaching tree[edit source | edit]
Notable assistants under Morris who have served as NCAA or NFL coaches:
Personal life[edit source | edit]
Morris went to Edgewood High School in Edgewood, Texas where he was the quarterback of the Bulldogs. He attended Texas A&M and earned a bachelor's degree in mathematics with a minor in statistics in 1992. Morris was atypical among NCAA Division I head football coaches in that he did not play football at the collegiate level. He was one of only four such current coaches along with Sonny Dykes at SMU, David Cutcliffe at Duke, and Mike Leach at Mississippi State. He and his wife, Paula, have two children, a daughter, Mackenzie, and son, Chandler.
Head coaching record[edit source | edit]
College[edit source | edit]
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References[edit source | edit]
- Chad Morris. TigerNet.com. Retrieved August 27, 2012.
- "Clemson can afford loss of coordinator Chad Morris, but not QB Deshaun Watson". newsobserver. Retrieved December 6, 2017.
- Sawchik, Travis. Morris' new contract marks increased football commitment. postandcourier.com. December 8, 2011. Retrieved August 27, 2012.
- Patterson, Chip. "Texas Tech interviews Clemson offensive coordinator Chad Morris". Eye on College Football. cbssports.com. Retrieved December 29, 2012.
- "Texas Tech closing in on new coach". ESPN.com. Retrieved December 29, 2012.
- Schad, Joe. "Texas Tech hires Kliff Kingsbury". ESPN.com. Retrieved December 29, 2012.
- "SMU Athletics". smumustangs.com. Retrieved December 6, 2017.
- "Arkansas hires SMU's Morris on six-year deal". ESPN.com. Retrieved December 14, 2017.
- "Arkansas fires coach Chad Morris after 4–18 start". ESPN.com. Retrieved November 14, 2019.
- "Auburn hires ex-Arkansas head coach Chad Morris as offensive coordinator". sports.yahoo.com. Retrieved December 11, 2019.