The Arkansas football program reportedly has named its next head coach. It comes after a flurry of reports in the last two weeks that had Morris tied to the Ole Miss and Tennessee jobs, too.
Morris and Malzahn will have their first meeting as fellow SEC head coaches on September 22 next season on the Plains in Auburn.
Crowe, who had gone 5-15 at Livingston (now West Alabama), had a 9-15 record at Arkansas, including a loss to The Citadel in the 1992 season opener, the Razorbacks' first game as a member of the Southeastern Conference. This season, Morris' third with the program, the Mustangs will play Louisiana Tech in the Frisco Bowl, the program's first bowl appearance since 2012. Entering bowl play, SMU is No. 13 nationally in total offense, averaging 494.5 yards per game, and No. 8 in scoring offense, putting up 40.2 points per game. Morris' name has been associated with the opening since before former head coach Bret Bielema was hired, the day after Bielema was sacked and throughout the search.
Morris took the SMU job in 2015 after spending four seasons as Clemson's offensive coordinator and saw Mustangs' record steadily increase since he was hired. Arkansas hired Yurachek as its new athletic director on Monday. The Mustangs upset No. 11 Houston in the 2016 season, and clinched bowl eligibility this year with a thrilling, 38-34 win over Tulsa.
Morris successfully rebuilt SMU in his three seasons with the program.