Chad Morris hasn’t said much about his time at Arkansas, at least not publicly, since he took over as Auburn’s offensive coordinator in December.
But with Auburn set to host Morris’ former team — the program that unceremoniously dumped him after less than two seasons — this weekend at Jordan-Hare Stadium, at least one Auburn player is saying what Morris hasn’t put into words the last 10 months.
“I would say it’s definitely personal for him,” starting center Nick Brahms said.
No. 13 Auburn (1-1) will host Arkansas (1-1) on Saturday at 3 p.m., with the game broadcast on SEC Network. It will be, colloquially, the Chad Morris Bowl—the offensive-minded coach’s current team against the one he failed to lead out of the SEC’s cellar during his stint in Fayetteville.
Morris was hired as Arkansas’ head coach in 2018 to replace Bret Bielema, but he struggled to turn around the program in his limited time there. The Razorbacks went 4-18 in 22 games under Morris before he was fired Nov. 10, with two games remaining on the schedule in just his second season with the program, following a loss to a Western Kentucky team led by one of Arkansas’ former quarterbacks.
During Morris’ tenure in Fayetteville, Arkansas lost all 13 SEC games it played—all part of a 20-game conference losing streak that began Nov. 11, 2017 and was snapped last weekend, when the Razorbacks upset Mike Leach’s Mississippi State. Now Arkansas and first-year coach Sam Pittman are headed to the Plains with hopes of starting a new, far less dubious streak by winning their second SEC game in a row — against the team featuring the Razorbacks’ former coach, no less.
Gus Malzahn knows that emotions will likely be high on Saturday. It’s natural; he knows that firsthand from his