Arkansas fires coach Chad Morris, who went 4-18 in 2 seasons

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Arkansas coach Chad Morris talks with an official while playing Western Kentucky during the second half of an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Nov. 9, 2019 in Fayetteville, Ark. (AP Photo/Michael Woods)

Arkansas fired football coach Chad Morris on Sunday after 22 games and no Southeastern Conference victories over nearly two terrible seasons.

Morris finished 4-18 and 0-14 in the SEC. Arkansas made the move less than 24 hours after the Razorbacks lost 45-19 at home to a Western Kentucky team quarterbacked by former Razorback Ty Storey. Morris' only victories came again Eastern Illinois, Portland State — two FCS teams — Tulsa and Colorado State.

"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," 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."

Morris is the second Power Five coach to be fired after last than two seasons on the job in eight days. Florida State fired Willie Taggart after 21 games last Sunday.

A year after a $160 million stadium renovation and expansion, Arkansas had its two lowest-attended games since a previous expansion in 2001.

Morris said Saturday that he still felt he was the man for the job, but he offered an honest assessment of where the program stood.

"It's going to take some time," he said. "This is not an overnight fix, and we've seen that now for two years. We're all frustrated. We're all incredibly frustrated. We have a big youth movement on this team and a lot of young guys that are contributing and are going to be tremendous football players. But where we are right now with these guys, we've got some major deficiencies that we have to fix."

Morris was hired from SMU in December 2017 after Arkansas fired Bret Bielema. SMU went 14-22 in Morris' three seasons in Dallas, though the Mustangs improved each year, capping at 7-5 in 2017. Before that, Morris was offensive coordinator at Clemson.