To say that Chad Morris‘ time in Fayetteville hasn’t gone as planned would be an understatement of mammoth proportions.
Hired away from SMU in December of 2017, Morris went 2-10 in his first season as the head coach at Arkansas. At that point, there were already grumblings that UA had made a hiring gaffe and should cut bait after one year.
That didn’t happen, of course, and Morris “rewarded” that confidence with a 2-1 start to the 2019 campaign. Unfortunately, those feel-good vibes are a thing of the past as San Jose State, a three-touchdown underdog coming in, looked every bit the part of the better team in every phase of the game as the Spartans got past the Razorbacks 31-24 Saturday night.
In Fayetteville, no less.
Along with the embarrassing 44-17 loss to North Texas last season, Arkansas has now suffered losses to Group of Five schools in back-to-back seasons for the first time since 1995-96.
As if that weren’t distressing enough for Hog Nation, Morris is now 4-12 overall at Arkansas. Even worse? Two of those wins have come against FCS programs, meaning Morris sports a 2-12 record against FBS competition.
Moving forward, as Morris attempts to salvage something out of this season as well as hold onto his job, he’ll likely have a decision to make at quarterback.
Ben Hicks, a graduate transfer from SMU, began the season as Arkansas’ starter before being benched in favor of Nick Starkel, a graduate transfer from Texas A&M. Saturday night, Starkel tossed five interceptions to help aid greatly in the losing cause.
To add current insult to future potential injury, Arkansas has the following games left on its 2019 schedule:
- vs. No. 17 Texas A&M
- at Kentucky
- vs. No. 8 Auburn
- at No. 2 Alabama
- vs. Mississippi State
- vs. Western Kentucky
- at No. 4 LSU
- vs. Missouri
Good luck making it to Year 3, Coach Morris.