The Chad Morris era has officially arrived in Fayetteville.

Arkansas announced the hiring of the former SMU coach Wednesday. Morris’ deal is for six years for $3.5 million per year. Morris was at SMU for three seasons and led the Mustangs to a 14-22 record. Prior to landing the head job at SMU, Morris was the offensive coordinator and QB coach at Clemson from 2011-2014.

Arkansas’s new AD Hunter Yurachek issued the following statement confirming the news.

“The future is tremendously bright at the University of Arkansas with the addition of Chad Morris. I am confident that Chad will bring an exciting brand of football, phenomenal student-athletes and championships to Fayetteville, and do it all with high integrity. We all owe a debt of gratitude to the incredible work of Julie Cromer Peoples in leading a comprehensive search and helping to bring a high caliber coach to Arkansas.”

The Razorback program now had instant credibility in the state of Texas for recruiting purposes — something that was severally lacking under former coach Bret Bielema.

This graphic from SDS’s Dan Harralson shows in detail what Chad Morris was able to accomplish at Clemson. His work at the current ACC juggernaut helped spark the program into becoming what Dabo Swinney now has, an annual Playoff contender:

Year
Points per game (ACC rank)
Yards per game (ACC rank)
2010*
24.0 (10th of 12)
334.5 (10th of 12)
2011
33.6 (2nd of 12)
440.8 (2nd of 12)
2012
41.0 (1st of 12)
512.7 (1st of 12)
2013
40.2 (2nd of 14)
508.5 (2nd of 14)
2014
30.8 (7th of 14)
408.3 (7th of 14)

*Before Chad Morris

The next step for Morris will be to build a competitive staff in Fayetteville. There are rumblings that Morris will reach out to Clemson defensive coordinator and 2015 Frank Broyles winner Brent Venables to lead his defense. It has also been reported that SMU offensive coordinator Joe Craddock will be joining Morris in Fayetteville to help run the Arkansas offense.