Tom Murphy is a reporter for the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. A graduate of Louisiana Tech University, he is a member of the Football Writers Association of America, and voter for the Heisman Trophy and AP Top 25 football poll. Murphy was the 2017 Arkansas Sportswriter of the Year.
Chad Morris contract finalized at Auburn
Arkansas coach Chad Morris is shown during a game against Western Kentucky on Saturday, Nov. 9, 2019, in Fayetteville.
Auburn will pay first-year offensive coordinator Chad Morris, the former University of Arkansas head coach, $735,000 per year based on his contract, which was released to multiple media outlets in Alabama on Thursday.
Morris’ Auburn salary, well below average for coordinators in the SEC, will offset the amount Arkansas will owe him based on buyout language in his contract with the Razorbacks. The UA was to pay him $2.45 million per year for the last four years of his contract, so the Auburn offset will mean Arkansas will owe him about $1.715 million per year.
Morris signed a six-year agreement at Arkansas with an annual salary of $3.5 million per year on Dec. 5, 2017. He was fired by Athletic Director Hunter Yurachek on Nov. 10, the day after the Razorbacks lost 45-19 at home to Western Kentucky on senior day, with a record of 4-18.
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