USA Today handicapper Danny Sheridan is apparently a big fan of Arkansas’ decision to hire new head coach Chad Morris.
During an appearance on “Sports Talk with Bo Mattingly” on Friday, Sheridan said he thinks the Razorbacks will be able to challenge Alabama and Georgia as the top program in the SEC within the next three or four years.
“It's not unreasonable to think that in three or four years, Morris will be No. 2 in the SEC, maybe right behind Alabama and as good as Georgia,” Sheridan said. “That's not unreasonable if this trend continues and he gets those Texas guys. Four years from now, I think Morris is right up there at the top with Alabama.”
Arkansas hired Morris to replace Bret Bielema earlier this month. Morris has spent the past three seasons at SMU, where he compiled a 14-22 (8-16 AAC) overall record after inheriting a team that had previously finished its season at 1-11 (1-7).
SMU improved its record during each of his three seasons in Dallas, which included a 7-5 finish in 2017.
Morris had previously worked as an offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at Clemson from 2011-14 and Tulsa in 2010 before that.
Morris also spent 16 seasons coaching high school football in Texas, where he recorded a 169-38 overall career record, including leading Lake Travis High School to consecutive 16-0 seasons and state title seasons in 2008-09.
Still, it’ll be a tough task for Morris to contend in the SEC as he inherits an Arkansas team that finished last in the West division with a 4-8 (1-7 SEC) overall record.
Perhaps the oddsmaker knows something about the coach’s chances that the rest of us don’t.