Chad Morris is entering his first season as coach at Arkansas, and he seems confident that the program is on the rise.
At least, that’s how he sounded when he appeared on “SEC This Morning” on SiriusXM SEC Radio on Wednesday morning. Morris compared his Razorbacks team to an ACC program that has become dominant — and a perennial national championship contender — in recent seasons.
“It’s eerie how similar Arkansas is to what Clemson was seven years ago,” Morris said on the show, according to co-host Peter Burns. “It’s a sleeping giant waiting to be woken up.”
Clemson went 6-7 during the 2010 season, its second full year with Dabo Swinney as coach. Since then, the Tigers have won at least 10 games every season since 2011, including when they won the national championship to cap the 2016 season.
Morris knows quite well what went into Clemson’s turnaround, as he was the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach under Swinney from 2011-14.
After Arkansas went 4-8 last season, including going 1-7 in SEC play, it may be hard for some Razorbacks fans to imagine a similar turnaround. But Morris seems confident that one is on the horizon.
Arkansas has had a losing conference record in four of the past five seasons — all under former coach Bret Bielema — and hasn’t won more than eight games in a season.
Morris has spent the past three seasons as coach at SMU, going 14-22 in his only prior head-coaching experience.