FAYETTEVILLE - New Arkansas Razorbacks Football Coach Chad Morris on Tuesday officially revealed his worst kept secrets about his hirings of defensive coordinator, offensive coordinator, offensive staff and strength coach.
John Chavis, coordinating defenses the last 23 years in the SEC at Tennessee, LSU and Texas A&M and whose long speculated Arkansas hiring awaited ironing out terms of a contract extension granted before the 2017 season at Texas A&M, officially became Arkansas’ new defensive coordinator and linebackers coach
Chavis succeeds Paul Rhoads, now the defensive backfield coach at UCLA after coordinating the 2017 defense for former Arkansas Coach Bret Bielema.
From his staff at SMU where Morris head coached from 2015-2017, Morris officially named offensive coordinator Joe Craddock, running backs coach/associate head coach Jeff Traylor, offensive line coach Dustin Fry and receivers coach Justin Stepp, and from the Bielema staff retained tight ends coach Barry Lunney Jr.
Though not officially named to the staff. all have been recruiting at Arkansas for Morris since he was named Arkansas’ head coach on Dec .6.
Also from SMU, Morris hired strength coach Trumain Carroll to succeed Ben Herbert, now the strength coach at Michigan, also the new coaching home for former Arkansas offensive coordinator Dan Enos.
Morris has not officially named the defensive assistants working with Chavis but they are believed to be defensive backfield coach Ron Cooper, who was on Chavis’ defensive staff at Texas A&M;defensive ends coach Steve Caldwell, Arkansas’ defensive end coach in 2010 and 2011 under Bobby Petrino and 2012 under John L. Smith and the Boise State defensve line coach since 2013, and very familiar with Chavis serving on Chavis’ Tennessee defensive staffs from 1995-2008; and retaining John Scott, the former Texas Tech and NFL defensive line coach who coached Bielema’s Arkansas defensive line in 2017.