Arkansas defensive staff undergoes reshuffling leading up to spring practice
Arkansas has managed to avoid any major staff changes this offseason, which is a credit to Sam Pittman’s ability to keep many of his coveted assistant coaches happy in Fayetteville, but change was inevitable in today’s era of college football with coaches jumping from job to job.
The Razorbacks found that out when they lost receivers coach Justin Steep, who left for the same role at South Carolina, but Pittman worked quickly to land former Colorado State receivers coach, Kenny Guion. Guion previously worked with offensive coordinator Kendal Briles at Houston.
Now there’s reportedly been some shakeup on the defensive side of the ball. According to Tom Murphy of the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, linebackers coach Rion Rhoades will be transitioning to an off-the-field role in Fayetteville to make way for Michael Scherer to fill the position.
In 2019, Scherer served as a defensive quality control coach for the Razorbacks. Scherer was a star linebacker at Missouri for Barry Odom.
When Odom was hired as the defensive coordinator at Arkansas, he brought Scherer with him to Fayetteville.
When Sam Pittman tested positive for COVID last season and Odom was temporarily named acting Arkansas head coach, for the team’s trip to Florida, Scherer was elevated to the full-time staff to give Arkansas 10 assistant coaches.
Based on the coaching moves made this offseason in Fayetteville, it’s clear Pittman continues to allow his coordinators to have a large role in picking the assistant coaching staff at Arkansas. That’s one way to keep everyone happy.