FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) Chad Morris has spent plenty of time on the job during his first few months at Arkansas, taking part in everything from offseason training and recruiting to a series of meet-and-greets with fans across the state.
The Razorbacks coach's time as a salesman will come to an end when he gets his first look on the field at his new team when spring practice begins Thursday.
Morris is inheriting an Arkansas team that bottomed out with a 4-8 record last season, a difficult year that marked the end of former coach Bret Bielema's tenure with the Razorbacks. The school went 29-34 during Bielema's five seasons, but it's eager to reassert its position in the Southeastern Conference after a lackluster stretch of three bowl games in six seasons.