On Monday, it was reported that Arkansas’ defensive coordinator Robb Smith would be leaving to take the same position at Minnesota. And it seems that Bret Bielema has moved quickly to find a replacement.
According to Otis Kirk of 247sports.com, Bielema could hire former Iowa State head coach Paul Rhoads to defensive coordinator. Rhoads was the defensive backs coach for Arkansas this season.
Kirk also indicated that Bielema could hire Mississippi State coach Maurice Linguist to fill Rhoads’ position.
Rhoads spent the last season at Arkansas after he was fired from Iowa State. Rhoads went 32-55 in his time at Iowa State but did have some memorable wins in his time in Ames. Rhoads has been a defensive coordinator in the SEC in the past, as he was Auburn’s defensive coordinator in 2008.
Smith’s unit struggled mightily against the run this season, as the Razorbacks gave up 39 rushing touchdowns, the most in the country. Arkansas went 7-6 this season.