Former Arkansas Razorbacks head football coach Chad Morris is heading back to high school.
Morris has been hired as the head football coach at Allen High School in Texas. He is set to begin his new role as the Allen Eagles head coach immediately.
Before making the jump to college football coaching, Morris was a noted Texas high school football coach, compiling a 169-38 record in 16 years. He led six teams to the Texas State Championship game, winning three titles, including two back-to-back undefeated championships at Lake Travis High School. Morris also received Coach of the Year awards 11 times as a high school coach.
In 2010, Morris joined Tulsa as the associate head coach and offensive coordinator before moving to Clemson as an offensive coordinator. SMU hired him as the head football coach, a role he served in from 2015 to 2017.
Morris joined Arkansas as head coach in 2017, signing a six-year, $3.5 million per year contract to be the program’s 33rdhead coach.
He was fired as the Hogs’ head coach in 2019 after amassing a 4-18 overall win-loss record. In 2019, USA Today reported that Morris was still owed buyout money totaling more than $10 million as part of his six-year contract.
He was later hired as an offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at Auburn University under former head coach Gus Malzahn. In a February 2021 article for Arkansas Money & Politics, Evin Demirel wrote that Morris would now be owed $7,795,000 by the Razorback Foundation with $2,205,000 offset by Auburn. It is unclear how this buyout will be resolved.
“I am honored to join Allen ISD and the Allen Eagles football program,” Morris said in a statement. “Allen High School is known throughout the state and nation for having a storied tradition of excellence in everything it does, and the football team is certainly included in that discussion. My roots run deep in Texas high school football, and I’m excited for the opportunity to get back to coaching young student-athletes and making an impression on their lives. As a coach, I’ll expect our students to work hard, but I want them to know that I care about their overall development as leaders both on and off the field. It’s my goal to establish a culture that can impact our student-athletes in a positive way, and I believe that will allow us to compete for championships on a consistent basis.”