Arkansas defensive coordinator Robb Smith will leave the Razorbacks for the same position at Minnesota, according to a report from ESPN’s Adam Rittenberg. The report states an official announcement is expected later this week.
The Hogs’ defense has steadily declined since finishing the 2014 season, Smith’s first with the program, when it finished No. 10 nationally in yards allowed per game. Arkansas completed the 2016 season 75th nationally in total defense. They were particularly poor against the run, giving up an FBS-worst 39 rushing touchdowns.