The former Clemson offensive coordinator (2011-2014) has a 14-22 record at SMU in a complete rebuilding situation.
Morris inherited a major rebuild at SMU, which went 1-11 the year before he arrived.
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According to multiple reports, Morris held a team meeting Wednesday morning to tell his SMU players about his decision to head northeast to the Natural State. Arkansas hired Yurachek as its new athletic director on Monday. The Tigers also posted the top three scoring seasons in school history, as well as four of the program's top five passing seasons, during that time. He broke into the college ranks as an assistant coach at Tulsa in 2010 after a decorated high school coaching career in Texas that included back-to-back undefeated state championship seasons at Lake Travis in 2008 and 2009, as well as a championship at Bay City in 2000.
Steinmetz, approving the coaching hire as chancellor and heading the search hiring Yurachek as vice chancellor/direct of athletics, said of Morris in the press release: "I am confident that he is the right coach to lead us back to competing for SEC and national titles". This season, Morris' third with the program, the Mustangs will play Louisiana Tech in the Frisco Bowl, the program's first bowl appearance since 2012. The Mustangs improved their win total each year under Morris, with records of 2-10 in 2015, 5-7 last season and 7-5 this year.