Another Arkansas assistant indicates on social media he'll be back on staff in 2021
It appears that South Carolina was unsuccessful in trying to hire away a member of Arkansas’ staff.
On Monday, Trey Biddy of 247Sports.com reported “to be on the lookout” for Razorbacks strength and conditioning coach Jamil Walker to take that same job on the Gamecocks’ staff. Last month, South Carolina hired Shane Beamer to be its head coach, and he’s still filling out his staff.
However, Walker made an Instagram post on Tuesday indicating that he’ll be back for a second year at Arkansas, which was then shared by Nikki Chavanelle of Rivals.com on Twitter:
Another year for S&C coach Jamil Walker: pic.twitter.com/Ecs7d4MIG5
— Nikki Chavanelle (@NikkiChavanelle) January 5, 2021
Walker was hired by Razorbacks head coach Sam Pittman last offseason as Pittman prepared for his first season at the school. Before that, Walker had served as Georgia’s associate strength and conditioning coach since 2017, so he had ties to Pittman dating back to their time together with the Bulldogs.
Walker spent his playing career at Wisconsin, then he became an intern on the Badgers’ staff in 2008, followed by him becoming an assistant in 2009.
Earlier in the day, Arkansas players tweeted hints that defensive coordinator Barry Odom will also be back with the team next season, which would be a positive for the Razorbacks moving forward.
Arkansas went 3-7 during the 2020 season, ending the year on a four-game losing streak. The Razorbacks were scheduled to play in the Texas Bowl, but that game was canceled due to COVID-19 cases within TCU’s program.
Now, with Arkansas heading into its second season with this coaching staff, it could be poised for improvement in 2021.