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2018 Schedule
4-8, 7th in SEC - West
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Arkansas introduces new coordinators (3:32)
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27dESPN Recruiting

Midterm football recruiting class grades

The first early signing period is in the books. With almost seven weeks until national signing day, some grades are incomplete, but here's how teams have fared.

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30dTom VanHaaren

New coaches earn mixed results in early signing period

Coaches who took over at new schools had a tough task getting rolling before the early signing period. Some, including Chip Kelly and Dan Mullen, have survived, while others have a lot of work to do to salvage their classes.

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Razorbacks looking to widen recruiting market (5:59)
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How new SEC coaches are preparing for early signing (2:21)
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Morris: I See The Same Things Here I Saw At Clemson

Arkansas coach Chad Morris talks to Kirk Herbstreit and Ian Fitzsimmons about why he chose to leave SMU for Arkansas, the similarities between the Razorbacks' program and what he experienced as an assistant at Clemson, and more.

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Morris hits the ground running with Arkansas (3:22)
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Morris: We want to get back to winning championships (2:57)

Adam Rittenberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Sources: UCLA is hiring former Iowa State head coach Paul Rhoads to coach defensive backs. Sports Illustrated first reported the move. Rhoads most recently coached the secondary at Arkansas. He joins a defensive staff that will include Don Pellum and Jerry Azzinaro, both former Kelly assistants at Oregon.

Chris Low ESPN Senior Staff Writer 

With the latest wave of coaching changes complete in the SEC, that means the rest of the league has now had 43 different head coaches since Nick Saban was hired at Alabama in 2007. All but Georgia, LSU, Missouri and South Carolina have had three different head coaches since Saban arrived. Arkansas and Tennessee lead the way, each with five different head coaches.

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Morris aims to 'develop champions' at Arkansas (3:13)
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Morris prioritizing recruiting at Arkansas (1:32)

Adam Rittenberg ESPN Staff Writer 

SMU offensive coordinator Joe Craddock will move with Chad Morris to Arkansas. Morris turned over offensive play-calling duties to Craddock after their first season at SMU. Craddock had been a graduate assistant for Morris at Clemson. Very promising young coach.

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Morris has track record of developing talent (2:09)
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Morris brings Malzahn connection to Arkansas (4:44)
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46dAdam Rittenberg

Why a coach with a 14-22 record just got a big promotion

Sometimes, numbers do lie. When it comes to Chad Morris, his previous work as Clemson offensive coordinator, strong recruiting ties in Texas and the job he did turning around SMU made him attractive to Arkansas.

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46dAdam Rittenberg and Chris Low

Arkansas hires SMU's Morris on six-year deal

Arkansas has hired SMU's Chad Morris as its new football coach after they agreed to a six-year, $21 million contract.

Adam Rittenberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Sources tell Chris Low and me that Arkansas and SMU coach Chad Morris are closing in on a deal to make Morris the Razorbacks' next coach. Details still need to be worked out but this could wrap up shortly.

Adam Rittenberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Hearing that Arkansas is likely wrapping up its coaching search shortly. SMU's Chad Morris is a leading candidate to replace Bret Bielema with the Hogs. Morris is 14-22 in three years with the Mustangs but excelled as Clemson's offensive coordinator and as a Texas high school coach.

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47dAdam Rittenberg

Norvell inks contract extension with Memphis

Mike Norvell, who had been a candidate for Arkansas' coaching vacancy and had been discussed for openings at both Florida and Ole Miss, has signed a contract extension to stay at Memphis.

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