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themicah85
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Why did Chad Morris ever get hired at arkansas?
I was under the impression that he had strung together a few great seasons at smu but just looked up his record and the best they ever did under him was 7-5. What made arkansas pull the trigger on that?


Cornelius
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re: Why did Chad Morris ever get hired at arkansas?
Jerry Jones.


themicah85
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re: Why did Chad Morris ever get hired at arkansas?
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Jerry Jones.


I get that he is a maniacal control freak with billions of dollars but still why? In order to make the amount of money he's made you have to make some good decisions at some point. I get that even successful people make the wrong choices sometime (see our current football program) but there was no reason to even think that was gonna work out. Were him and Chad Morris best friends or something like that im missing.


Porker Face
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re: Why did Chad Morris ever get hired at arkansas?
Most fans had the same initial reaction. A few idiotic boosters and trustees fell for a sales pitch that we would sling the ball 70 times a game and win with 2* croots

They felt hook line and sinker for his time as OC at Clemson and thought he would be Gus 2.0. he also had Texas high school ties that make a certain portion of our fanbase salivate


Diego Ricardo
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re: Why did Chad Morris ever get hired at arkansas?
Proabably worth noting that Clemson got better when he left. Maybe nothing but a coincidence yet interesting nonetheless


themicah85
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re: Why did Chad Morris ever get hired at arkansas?
I don't understand why he was even interviewed. Going out on a limb and hiring the coach from north Dakota state or one of those schools that always wins the d2 title is one thing, hell even hiring a highschool coach that won multiple consecutivestate titles, he had a very unimpressive resume in tact already as a head coach


johnzorback
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re: Why did Chad Morris ever get hired at arkansas?
When Arkansas was in the SWC we were the #2 choice for recruits in Texas. We did fairly well afterwards until tamu joined the SEC. The idea was to get the Texas pipeline back in a big way, especially after bielema burned some bridges in Texas recruiting.

SMU was in a bad place since the death penalty, so older people thought turning SMU around was a great feat, which it would have been in the 90s, but it's been over 30 years ago.


ColoradoAg
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re: Why did Chad Morris ever get hired at arkansas?
Every team was out there looking for next big offensive guru. The funny thing is if A&M boosters had gotten their way instead of the AD, Morris would have probably been at A&M



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Rogelio
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re: Why did Chad Morris ever get hired at arkansas?
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Every team was out there looking for next big offensive guru.


Can't believe people do this. Why not look for a CEO type who can do the work of finding the right X and O guys who can make that happen?

An AD or boosters have no idea what an offensive guru looks like.


Hback
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re: Why did Chad Morris ever get hired at arkansas?
And Ryan McGee said “my favorite hire of the off-season was Arkansas getting Chad Morris”. Bet he’d like to have that one back.


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Whiznot
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re: Why did Chad Morris ever get hired at arkansas?
They didn't know that every Chad is bad. You will never meet a Chad that's worth anything.


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gohogs141
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re: Why did Chad Morris ever get hired at arkansas?
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Were him and Chad Morris best friends or something like that im missing.


Chad’s son Chandler (who just transferred from Oklahoma to TCU) played on the same Dallas high school team (Highland Park) as Jerry’s grandson (John Stephen Jones, now our clipboard holding QB) so I’m sure that played a factor. SMU is just a stone’s throw away from Cowboys Stadium.

Chad wasn’t a bad recruiter but it’s obvious now that he takes way too much credit for Deshaun Watson and what happened at Clemson. At the time we just wanted a coach who ran a spread offense (opposite of Bielema) with Texas connections. Kendal Briles checks those boxes for us now though.


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Bench McElroy
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re: Why did Chad Morris ever get hired at arkansas?
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Proabably worth noting that Clemson got better when he left. Maybe nothing but a coincidence yet interesting nonetheless


Their improvement coincided with the implosion of their biggest conference rival, Florida State as well as the arrivals of Deshaun Watson and Trevor Lawrence who were way better QBs than Tahj Boyd.


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momentoftruth87
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re: Why did Chad Morris ever get hired at arkansas?
Jerry's grandson played w Chad's kid.


MoonMoon2020
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re: Why did Chad Morris ever get hired at arkansas?
No one knew he was so bad. Like ColoradoAg said, we were also considering him. At the time his track record was prolific Clemson offense and SMU turnaround.


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themicah85
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re: Why did Chad Morris ever get hired at arkansas?
The Arizona cardinals hired kliff Kingsbury and they most likely would have made atleast the wildcard if they were in a different division. Love it or hate it alabama was great this year because of offense. If most teams lose 2 starting wr's they can't just replace them with other 4 and 5 star receivers


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