Chad Morris is ready to lead Arkansas this fall, but not everybody is convinced the new Arkansas coach will turn around a struggling Razorbacks program.
Count ESPN college football analyst Brad Edwards among those who have concerns about Morris, who has three years of head-coaching experience and led SMU to a 14-22 record in those three seasons.
“While I think the issues at SMU before he got there were probably a lot deeper than most people realized, I still don’t think he succeeded to the point where you would say, ‘OK, I’m convinced that he’s cut out to be a big-time head coach,'” Edwards said during an appearance on “Sports Talk with Bo Mattingly” on Tuesday. “I’m glad that he’s got a shot to get to Arkansas and to be able to prove himself on a higher level, but I don’t think he did anything at SMU to leave no doubt in my mind that he’s going to succeed at the SEC level.”
Morris will try to turn around the Razorbacks, who won 4 games in 2017 and fired coach Bret Bielema at the end of the season. But it likely will be a challenge, which Edwards pointed out during his appearance.
“Now I know there are a lot of people out there who are very big on him. They love some of the hires that he made, and they’re expecting big things from Arkansas. But I’m kind of wait and see,” Edwards said during the radio appearance. “I guess the way I look at it is that nobody’s on Alabama’s level in the West, and I don’t think anyone’s going to argue with that. But if you’re Arkansas, you’ve got to start by getting to Auburn’s level.”
For the full segment featuring Edwards, listen below:
ESPN's Brad Edwards is skeptical Chad Morris will have success at the SEC level pic.twitter.com/t5X4Wge5DR
— Bo Mattingly (@SportsTalkwBo) May 22, 2018