The University of Arkansas has fired football head coach Chad Morris following the team’s loss to Western Kentucky on Saturday. Arkansas Athletics Director Hunter Yurachek said in a statement that Morris had been dismissed and a search will begin for a new head coach.
Since joining as head coach in December 2017, Morris has managed a 4-18 win-loss record in two seasons. In the 2019 season, the Razorbacks are currently 2-8.
“As part of my continued evaluation, I have come to the conclusion that a change in leadership is necessary to move our football program forward and position it for success,” Yurachek said. “It is clear that we have not made the progress necessary to compete and win, especially within the Southeastern Conference. Throughout our history in football, as well as with our other sport programs, we have demonstrated that the University of Arkansas is capable of being nationally competitive. I have no doubt that as we move forward, we will identify a head coach that will help lead our program to that benchmark.”
Assistant head coach Barry Lunney Jr. will serve as the interim head coach for the remainder of the season.
Arkansas has two regular season games remaining this season. The Razorbacks will play the top-ranked LSU Tigers on Nov. 23 and Missouri on Nov. 29.
Morris replaced former head coach Bret Bielema, who joined the Razorbacks in December 2012. Bielema was fired in 2017 after managing at 29-34 record.