first_imgFans and objective observers alike wondered aloud when — not if — Arkansas would fire Morris after the abysmal loss to the Hilltoppers, which was his fifth loss to a non-Power 5 opponent in two seasons. His teams were also beaten by an average of 22.5 points per game in SEC play.Morris is owed more than $10 million in buyout money, according to recent buyout figures from USA Today. His current contract with the Razorbacks was supposed to run through the 2023 season.Assistant coach and former Razorback quarterback Barry Lunney Jr. will serve as the interim head football coach for the remainder of the 2019 football season, the school said in its announcement. MORE: ‘Fire Chad Morris’ trending after Arkansas loss to WKU“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,” Arkansas athletic director Hunter Yurachek said in a statement. “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.” Arkansas has fired football coach Chad Morris following the Razorbacks’ 45-19 loss to Western Kentucky on Saturday, the school announced on Sunday.The loss — which was delivered by former Razorbacks quarterback Ty Storey — dropped Morris to 4-18 for his career in Arkansas, which includes an 0-14 mark in SEC play. Like Florida State’s Willie Taggart, his tenure lasted fewer than two seasons.last_img read more