Arkansas will announce Chad Morris as its next head coach later today, per an ESPN report. The Razorbacks replace the big personality of Bret Bielema with a man who has largely gone about his business quietly and moved up the desirability scale.
Morris is coming from SMU, where he inherited a 1-11 team. He’s posted 2-10, 5-7, and 7-5 seasons. There’s been steady, demonstrable improvement. Taggart’s first job was at Western Kentucky. He inherited an 0-12 team and went 2-10, then 7-5 in back-to-back years. Then he turned a South Florida program around, reaching a high-water mark of 10-2 in 2016. At Oregon he inherited a 4-8 disaster and posted a 7-5 record.
There are many paths up the ladder and to the big-time. One is raising a phoenix from the ashes. It’s not easy and it’s certainly not for everyone. But Morris and Taggart are proof that there’s a benefit to building something with spartan resources.