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Salary Figures Released For Four More Razorback Football Staff Members

by Chris Bahn 1/3/2013 1:37 pm

The Arkansas Razorbacks releases updated salary figures for its four most recent football coaching hires, and the total assistant compensation pool will likely exceed $3 million when the staff is finalized.

Jim Harris: Petrino Connections Run Through Kentucky Coaching Staff

by Jim Harris 10/12/2012 10:00 pm

If Bobby Petrino did resurface in Lexington, Ky., in his next head coaching gig, he’d easily recognize three members of the Wildcats coaching staff: offensive line coach Mike Summers, assistant head coach Greg Nord and defensive backs coach Mike Cassidy. All three spent time with Petrino at Louisville. Summers accompanied Petrino to the NFL’s Atlanta Falcons and on to Arkansas for two seasons as the Hogs’ offensive line coach. There are more connections and friendships between the UA and UK staffs, the coaches on both sides say, but on Saturday night they have business against each other.

Bahn: Johnson, Haynes Working To Fix Plenty On Defense, Especially Razorbacks' Energy

by Chris Bahn 8/28/2012 1:00 pm

Arkansas has had a variety of struggles on defense prior to the arrival of coordinator Paul Haynes. Perhaps nothing was more alarming to Haynes and linebackers coach Taver Johnson than a low energy level from the defense, which seemed to lead to lethargic, timid play.

AP: Razorback Defense Emerging From Offensive Shadow

by Kurt Voigt, The Associated Press 8/14/2012 10:04 pm

Ross Rasner noticed a startling change early in preseason camp. The Arkansas safety was accustomed to serving as a defense in name only during the skeleton scrimmage portion of practice, a time during which the offense was expected to have its way under former coach Bobby Petrino. Then, one night during an early August practice, Rasner's instincts took over and he knocked the ball away from a receiver. Afterward, he paused and waited for criticism he said he had become used to in his three seasons under Petrino. All he heard were cheers of support.

3-And-Out: Jarrett Lake Pulling His Weight At Star, Defense Developing 'SEC West' Attitude

by Chris Bahn 8/14/2012 7:10 pm

Coaches are no longer harping on linebacker Jarrett Lake making a certain weight. They’re much more interested in him making plays. Lake, who has gained “15 or 20 pounds” since arriving on campus in 2010, is still small for the linebacker position at 6-foot-3 and approximately 220 pounds. But Lake is athletic, has good speed for the position and his skills seem to be a good fit at the “star,” a hybrid outside linebacker/safety position.

Would The Razorbacks Participate In Penn State Roster Raid? Could They? Should They?

by Chris Bahn 7/23/2012 1:47 pm

Few Penn State players are from within SEC recruiting territory. More to the point: few Penn State players would seem to be of interest to Arkansas and Arkansas would seem to have little interest or connection to any players at Penn State. However, we probably shouldn’t totally dismiss the idea that a roster refugee or two could consider the Razorbacks. Currently there are three coaches on the Hogs' staff who actively recruited the Big Ten in recent years.

Video: Razorbacks Know It, History Shows It: Stopping Run Is Key To Winning Conference Championships

by Jim Harris 7/16/2012 12:00 am

It hasn’t been lost on Arkansas’ fan base, and surely not on the coaches, that the Razorback defense hasn’t measured up lately to Southeastern Conference West Division heavyweights Alabama and LSU. Everyone’s figured out that, while piling up passing statistics and scoring in bunches was all nice and glamorous, especially in the past three of the four years under Coach Bobby Petrino, the Razorbacks came up short in their quest for an SEC West title because their defense was lacking.

VIDEO: Alonzo Highsmith On the New Defensive Coaching Staff

by 7/14/2012 7:32 am

Alonzo Highsmith had a great first year as a Razorback linebacker. See how he feels about an all new coaching staff for him.

Jim Harris: John L. Smith the Perfect Solution For Razorbacks' Imperfect Problem

by Jim Harris 4/23/2012 9:56 pm

It's funny that when names such as former Arkansas offensive coordinator Garrick McGee and a host of professional coaches — some retired, and none of whom were ever coming — were being bandied about as the replacement for Bobby Petrino, the one name we didn't hear over the 11 days since Petrino's firing was John L. Smith. Yet, of the two coaches who left the Hog staff after the 2011 season for a head coaching job — Smith and McGee — Smith was the one with extensive head coaching experience in Division I college football. Had Smith still been on Bobby Petrino's staff the day Jeff Long put him on paid administrative leave, then fired him five days later, he would have been considered the perfect interim coach for the Razorbacks. He still is the perfect interim coach, even if he had to leave his alma mater, Weber State, after just five months on the job in Utah.

Razorback Coaches, Players Carry Out Responsibilities While Awaiting Long's Pick

by Chris Bahn 4/23/2012 7:24 am

For all the uncertainty surrounding the Arkansas football program the last three weeks, linebackers coach Taver Johnson knew exactly what to expect when he got up Monday morning. With or without a head coach, Johnson was hitting the road recruiting. Coaches are able to get out and do spring evaluations at high schools and the Arkansas staff is headed out to do just that.

Bahn: Wilson Ends Spring With Full Command Of Offense, Razorback Locker Room

by Chris Bahn 4/21/2012 10:11 pm

Perhaps the Razorbacks are without Bobby Petrino. They are not, however, without leadership during a very difficult spring. Petrino was fired on April 10. As the search for a replacement nears the two week mark, quarterback Tyler Wilson has repeatedly filled the void.

Jim Harris: Razorbacks Respond In Big Way To Record Crowd For Spring Game

by Jim Harris 4/21/2012 6:15 pm

Arkansas sophomore cornerback Tevin Mitchel, who wasn’t on campus for last year’s Razorback spring game, wasn’t sure how many fans to expect for Saturday’s Red-White clash, but he was hopeful for 20,000, he said late Saturday afternoon. UA senior quarterback Tyler Wilson said he almost felt choked up when he took the field and saw a record spring crowd in the Reynolds Razorback Stadium stands. In maybe the most tumultuous time in Hog football history — with Bobby Petrino suddenly no longer guiding the program and who-knows-who taking over — a crowd of 45,250 fans watched Wilson, Mitchel and the first-team Razorbacks put on a dominating offensive and defensive performance, annihilating the backups 65-0.

Razorbacks Appreciate AD's Willingness To Speak, Listen Following Petrino Dismissal

by Chris Bahn 4/20/2012 3:00 pm

Jeff Long’s experience as a former college football coach has come in handy of late. No, Long isn’t drawing up plays he would like to see in Saturday’s Red-White game. He isn’t breaking down film as the Razorbacks evaluate personnel at linebacker and on the offensive line. But Long, who spent time on the staffs at Duke and Michigan before getting into athletic administration, has addressed Arkansas players and assistant coaches multiple times since April 10, the day he fired coach Bobby Petrino.

Jeff Long: 'Process Remains Ongoing' In Search For Bobby Petrino Replacement

by Chris Bahn 4/20/2012 12:41 pm

Arkansas AD Jeff Long has issued an update on the the football coaching search:

Jim Harris: Long Should Choose Interim Now, Razorbacks Can Go Big Later

by Jim Harris 4/19/2012 3:01 pm

Are we in the silly season, or what? Serious Arkansas Razorback fans are pining for the likes of Jon Gruden, who hasn't had to do real work in years while he draws a check from ESPN. Alabama defensive coordinator Kirby Smart, to hear some message board wags tell it, has wrapped up spring drills with Nick Saban and will move over to Arkansas any day now. Then, we even had Seattle Seahawks Coach Pete Carroll tweeting about the job and promoting his buddy Steve Mariucci, who hasn't coached on the college level since Danny Ford was at Arkansas. I mean, please. Stop the madness.

3-And-Out: Razorbacks Get Physical Before Red-White Game, Haman Granted Release

by Chris Bahn 4/19/2012 6:33 am

Arkansas has not dialed back the contact in practice this week, even with the Red-White game coming up on Saturday. In fact, the Razorbacks have increased the hitting during what defensive coordinator Paul Haynes called “a real tough week.” Haynes said the extra work was designed to help the team defense against the run. Recent seasons have seen the Razorbacks struggle against opponents with strong ground games, something Haynes has identified as an area of concern in his first season as defensive coordinator.

Tyler Gilbert Suspended Indefinitely, Following Aggravated Burglary Charge

by Chris Bahn 4/17/2012 2:21 pm

Arkansas linebacker Tyler Gilbert has been arrested a charge of aggravated burglary. Acting head coach Taver Johnson said through a spokesman that Gilbert has been "suspended indefinitely."

Long Says 'All Scenarios' On The Table In Coaching Search, Performing Own Evaluations

by Chris Bahn 4/13/2012 11:02 am

Arkansas Athletic Director Jeff Long is just beginning his search for an Arkansas football coach and he already has heard endorsements for candidates to fill the job on an interim basis if he goes that route. Long said late Thursday on Twitter that he would be sticking to his own evaluation of candidates. He asked that no one lobby for current staff members.

Bahn: Feeling Pain At Arkansas, But Not Necessarily Petrino's Pain

by Chris Bahn 4/10/2012 4:35 pm

Regardless of how much pain he was in following the wreck — State Police Captain Lance King says Petrino did nothing but groan on the way to the hospital (well, groan and provide detailed directions on how to get to the little known Physician’s Specialty Hospital)— it’s really hard to muster much sympathy anymore for Petrino. But there are folks that deserve your empathy. None of them are wearing neck braces. All of them have been hurt in ways that aren’t as visible as the road rash on Petrino's face.

3-And-Out: Tenarius Wright A 'Full-Time' Linebacker For Razorbacks

by Chris Bahn 3/28/2012 10:05 pm

Tenarius Wright’s move from defensive end to linebacker is no longer just an experiment. Wright, at least for the spring, is a full-time linebacker. He could be moved back to end this fall, but with Alonzo Highsmith injured, Wright has entrenched himself at the middle linebacker position.