New Arkansas football coach embraces roots, work of high school coaches | Arkansas Online

New University of Arkansas football coach, Chad Morris, talks about the importance of forging relationships with high school coaches.

FAYETTEVILLE — Chad Morris is the Arkansas Razorbacks’ new football coach, but during Thursday’s introductory news conference, the Dallas native made it clear he hasn’t forgotten his Texas high school coaching roots.

“I’m a high school football coach and I’m extremely, extremely proud to say that,” Morris said. “If you’ve never been a part of a fraternity of high school coaches, you won’t understand what I’m about to say.

“You have to wash the clothes, you have to line the field, you’ve got to meet with boosters, you’ve got to meet the English teacher. You’ve got to be in the lunch room on lunch duty.

“When I’m able to walk into a room at the high school coaches’ office and sit down, I can relate immediately to what their day-to-day life is.”

Morris, who had a 169-38 record in 16 seasons at five Texas high schools from 1994-2009 before breaking into the college ranks as Tulsa’s offensive coordinator, said that as the Razorbacks’ coach he wants to improve things for high school coaches — especially in Arkansas.

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