Finebaum, who hosts The Paul Finebaum show on SEC Network, was speaking to the crowd in Little Rock about the swift progress second-year Arkansas coach Sam Pittman has made since taking over the program.
"I've got a really warm spot in my heart for Sam," Finebaum said. "You folks understand it better than most. He's a person that represents this state better – I mean, does he represent the state better than, let me think for a second, Chad Morris?"
That earned a laugh.
"And if I can go off the record," Finebaum continued, "personally I thought he was one of the biggest clowns I've ever met in my life."
The event included a live video feed posted to Facebook by the Little Rock Touchdown Club.
Morris is now an analyst at South Florida. He didn't last two full seasons as Arkansas' coach, going 0-14 in SEC games during hid brief tenure. He was then Auburn's offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach in 2020, but Auburn fired eight-year head coach Gus Malzahn at the end of the season. Morris moved on to become the head coach at Allen High School, one of the biggest high school programs in Texas, before returning to the college game at USF.
Morris was SMU's coach from 2015-17 and Clemson's offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach from 2011-14.
Arkansas has turned the corner since the brief Morris era ended, with Pittman leading the Razorbacks to a 9-4 season. During the event Monday, Finebaum called Arkansas the third-best team in the SEC this season. The Hogs are 2-0 with wins against Cincinnati and South Carolina.
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