LSU Football: Top 5 all-time worst SEC coaching hires

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1. Chad Morris — Arkansas (2018-2019)

When Chad Morris was the offensive coordinator at Clemson, I felt like he was going to make a great head coach one day.

Morris eventually became the head coach at SMU. He had a rough go of things in year one, winning only two games. But by year three, SMU was 7-5 and things were looking up.

Unsurprisingly, Morris parlayed his 2017 season at SMU into a head coaching gig in the SEC.

And it was a terrible fit from the start.

Arkansas would’ve been better off sticking with Bret Bielema (who was fired by the Razorbacks after three winning seasons in five years).

The offense that Morris wanted to run didn’t mesh at all with the personnel that Arkansas had under Bielema. Morris’s offense required smaller, faster offensive linemen. Bielema had loaded up on big offensive lineman who could win in the trenches.

It was a disaster.

The Razorbacks went 2-10 in 2017. In 2018, Morris was fired after a 2-8 start. He never beat an SEC team.

Perhaps if Arkansas had been willing to give Morris four or five years, he could’ve worked out in Fayetteville.

But their decision to fire him after less than two years meant they clearly had no intention of being patient.

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Which is why hiring Morris was doomed from the start.