Arkansas officially announces the hiring of Kendal Briles as offensive coordinator
It’s official — Arkansas has its new offensive coordinator.
The Razorbacks announced the hiring of Kendal Briles on Monday, giving new head coach Sam Pittman’s staff another experienced top assistant. Briles spent the 2019 season as the offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach at Florida State, but he was not retained after former Seminoles head coach Willie Taggart was fired midseason.
Briles was previously an assistant at Baylor (2008-16), Florida Atlantic (2017) and Houston (2018).
“We are very excited to have Kendal, his wife Sarah and their three children join us at Arkansas, they will be a welcomed addition to the football family we are building,” Pittman said in a statement. “Kendal brings an innovative offensive approach to our coaching staff. His offenses have been successful by both running and throwing the football in some of the nation’s most competitive conferences. He is well known for his ability to both recruit and develop young men into outstanding football players.”
We've got our OC!
Let's dial up some ball plays @kendalbriles!!!!
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— Arkansas Razorback Football (@RazorbackFB) December 23, 2019
Pittman has spent most of his coaching career as an offensive line coach. Between him and Briles, the Razorbacks’ offense should be in good hands and have a lot of potential to improve in 2020 and beyond.
Former Missouri head coach Barry Odom was previously hired to be Arkansas’ defensive coordinator.
Arkansas will open the 2020 season — and play its first game of the Pittman era — on Sept. 5 with a home matchup against Nevada.