FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Arkansas defensive coordinator Robb Smith seemingly has made his move to Minnesota official.
Smith updated his Twitter profile, which now includes several references to Minnesota. ESPN’s Adam Rittenberg reported earlier this week that Smith would accept the Minnesota defensive coordinator position, only days after other reports linked Smith to Wake Forest.
During Smith’s first season as Arkansas’ defensive coordinator in 2014, the Razorbacks ranked No. 10 nationally in total defense. But the Hogs defense has declined each year since, and was particularly bad for most of the 2016 season.
Arkansas ranked 75th in the country in total defense and gave up an FBS-worst 39 rushing touchdowns. The low point was Arkansas’ 56-3 loss Oct. 22 at Auburn when the Hogs allowed 543 rushing yards — the most an Arkansas defense has ever allowed.
Now Arkansas coach Bret Bielema must hire a new defensive coordinator. Reports this week linked former UConn head coach Bob Diaco to the opening, but he reportedly accepted the Nebraska defensive coordinator position Friday.
Current Arkansas defensive backs coach and former Iowa State head coach Paul Rhoads is believed to be a leading candidate for the Hogs’ defensive coordinator job.