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Oklahoma lands 4-star QB Chandler Morris, son of former Arkansas coach

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Just days after suffering a blow in the Class of 2021 with the decommitment of a five-star quarterback, Oklahoma head coach Lincoln Riley is welcoming a new QB to the Sooners this year. Four-star quarterback Chandler Morris gave his commitment to the Sooners for the Class of 2020 on Thursday, bringing a close to his own recruiting process that once seemed to be following his dad to Arkansas.

Chandler Morris is the son fo Chad Morris, the former Arkansas head coach who now holds the position of offensive coordinator at Auburn. The younger Morris had previously been committed to Arkansas when his father was still the head coach. When Arkansas decided to make a coaching change, however, Chandler Morris decided to re-evaluate his recruiting position. A door to Oklahoma remained open as the Sooners never filled a spot in the current recruiting class with a quarterback, but a spot was left open in case Morris had a change of heart. Auburn felt like a possibility as well, but the Tigers are currently in a decent spot with its quarterback position with Bo Nix coming off his freshman season.

Morris could step right into the thick of the quarterback competition in Norman once he eventually arrives on campus. With Jalen Hurts moving on, Oklahoma will be looking to the younger quarterback options for 2020. In addition to Morris, Oklahoma also has five-star Spencer Rattler and four-star Tanner Mordecai looking to prove worthy of the starting job.

Naturally, Morris made his commitment on live television by putting on an Oklahoma cap and giving the “Horns Down” hand gesture for the camera.

In addition to Auburn, Morris is believed to have chosen Oklahoma over USC and Virginia Tech.

After suspension, Arkansas TE C.J. O’Grady is no longer a Razorback

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After being suspended for an undisclosed reason, Arkansas tight end C.J. O’Grady has left the program for good. Razorback head coach Chad Morris confirmed on Monday that O’Grady has opted to leave the program after a meeting between the coach, player on Sunday.

Morris gave no reason for why O’Grady was suspended from Arkansas’ home game against Mississippi State over the weekend and simply noted the two planned to meet on Sunday. Confusion about O’Grady’s status arose with cryptic social media updates and profile changes suggesting O’Grady was no longer to be a part of the program. It turns out, that was the endgame, as confirmed on Monday.

“First of all, we met last night and we want to wish C.J. the best,” Morris said, per HawgBeat.com. “We’re here to help him get to where he wants to get to as the next step. We want to wish him the best right now.”

O’Grady was the leading receiver for Arkansas this season with 373 yards on 33 receptions. It has been a tough year for the Razorbacks on the field, however, so O’Grady getting out now may not be a horrible idea. As a fifth-year senior, O’Grady’s college career is now, officially, done.

O’Grady has had some trouble staying in the good graces of both of his Arkansas head coaches, Morris and Brett Bielema, so he will face some questions from any potential NFL franchises looking to scout tight ends for the upcoming draft. In the meantime, O’Grady can not risk his health for the final month of a dreadful season of Arkansas football.

Arkansas football players won back their locker room this spring

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Every coach has a different method for motivating his players during spring football practices. Some coaches will make you earn your stripes on your helmet. Some will use the spring game as a competition with a fulfilling buffet of food awaiting the winning team. At Arkansas, Chad Morris took on the approach of taking the team’s lockers away. On Friday, Morris informed the team they have earned their lockers back.

Arkansas recently renovated their locker room, but this year’s team didn’t get much time to enjoy the luxuries this spring. Morris systematically took a number of perks away from the team this spring and rewarded the team with those perks as the spring has progressed, forcing the team to earn back everything that was taken from them. On Friday, they got to return to their comfy digs of the locke room.

Regardless, the payoff was worth it. Arkansas has new lockers with TV screens showing off the player with a fully lit locker for football gear and more. Not only will this go over well with the players, but the recruits who tour Arkansas will see how flashy the environment is with the Razorbacks.

Arkansas is coming off a 2-10 season. Morris is expecting an improved result in his second year in charge of the Razorbacks.

SEC rolls out four-day summer media day schedule

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Once again, the SEC will be masters of media day coverage in the middle of the summer with a four-day media day extravaganza. This year, the SEC is returning to Birmingham, Alabama. The SEC distributed updated details about this year’s media day event including what schools and coaches will be speaking on what day.

The SEC will open up the 2019 media day fun on Monday, July 15 from the Hyatt Regency Birmingham – Wynfrey Hotel. Television coverage of the event will be available through the SEC Network as well as ESPN over the course of the four days.

The exact order of what coaches will be speaking at what times will be hashed out later on, but Florida’s Dan Mullen, LSU’s Ed Orgeron, and Missouri’s Barry Odom will be featured on Day 1 on Monday, July 15. Day 2 will feature Kirby Smart of Georgia, Matt Luke of Ole Miss, Jeremy Pruitt of Tennessee, and Jimbo Fisher of Texas A&M. Alabama’s Nick Saban will highlight the festivities on Day 3, with Chad Morris of Arkansas, Joe Moorhead of Mississippi State and Will Muschamp of South Carolina also getting their time in front of the microphone. Day 4 will wrap things up with Gus Malzahn of Auburn, Mark Stoops of Kentucky, and Derek Mason of Vanderbilt.

Here is the full SEC Media Day schedule, for those planning ahead.

2019 SEC FOOTBALL MEDIA DAYS SCHEDULE

MONDAY, July 15
Florida – Dan Mullen
LSU – Ed Orgeron
Missouri – Barry Odom

TUESDAY, July 16
Georgia – Kirby Smart
Ole Miss – Matt Luke
Tennessee – Jeremy Pruitt
Texas A&M – Jimbo Fisher

WEDNESDAY, July 17
Alabama – Nick Saban
Arkansas – Chad Morris
Mississippi State – Joe Moorhead
South Carolina – Will Muschamp

THURSDAY, July 18
Auburn – Gus Malzahn
Kentucky – Mark Stoops
Vanderbilt – Derek Mason

While the SEC media days are going on, the ACC will also be holding their media day event in Charlotte, North Carolina. The ACC media day runs from July 16 through July 18.

SEC rolls out four-day media day schedule

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The SEC may be packing up their media day extravaganza and moving from Alabama to Atlanta, but this year’s media day schedule shows the SEC will still carefully roll out plenty of storylines over the course of a four-day love fest for the conference.

The SEC is setting up shop at the College Football Hall of Fame in Atlanta, which feels like a great landing spot for the new media day fun for the SEC. The conference has established Atlanta as a destination point for the end of the regular season and the city just played host to the first College Football Playoff national championship game between two teams from the same conference, the SEC (Alabama and Georgia). So why not kickstart a new football season with the media in Atlanta too?

New Texas A&M head coach Jimbo Fisher will be the headline act for the first of the four media days for the SEC. Fisher will make his SEC Media Days debut as head coach of the Aggies on Monday, July 16. Other coaches speaking that day will be LSU’s Ed Orgeron and Kentucky’s Mark Stoops. Day 2 will be an interesting one with Georgia’s Kirby Smart in the spotlight coming off the SEC championship last fall and new Florida head coach Dan Mullen addresses the media for the first time as the Gators coach, although the former Mississippi State head coach is no stranger to the SEC media day circuit by now. Day 2 will also be the first SEC Media Day introduction for new Arkansas head coach Chad Morris and second-year Ole Miss head coach Matt Luke (Luke took over as head coach in Oxford after SEC Media Days last summer following the removal of Hugh Freeze not long after media days).

But when is Alabama head coach Nick Saban speaking, you ask? Day 3 (Wed., July 18 for those keeping track). Saban headlines the third day of the media day event for the SEC. Two other coaches speaking that day will be new head coaches in the SEC with former Saban assistant Jeremy Pruitt representing Tennessee and Joe Moorhead of Mississippi State stepping to the SEC podium for the first time. Missouri’s Barry Odom is also scheduled on day three. Day 4 will feature Auburn’s Gus Malzahn, South Carolina’s Will Muschamp, and Vanderbilt’s Derek Mason.

Player representatives for each school in addition to any other speakers will be announced at a later time.