Sam Pittman hinted at it on Friday, and it appears to happening soon.

Arkansas is reportedly set to hire UCF defensive coordinator Travis Williams, Matt Zenitz of On3 Sports reported. The Razorbacks are looking to replace Barry Odom, who left to be the head coach at UNLV.

Williams has been at UCF since 2021, as he reunited with Gus Malzahn after a one-year stint at Miami as linebackers coach. Williams coached at Auburn from 2014 to 2020, and rose from analyst to co-defensive coordinator while also coaching linebackers.

Williams as a player was an All-SEC player in 2004 and 2005 (first-team selection in 2004) as a linebacker. He led Auburn in tackles (80) during the 2004 undefeated season; he was second in tackles in 2005 (68) and third in 2003 (67). He won the Pat Dye Leadership Award on defense in 2004 and 2005.

Williams last season was the Knights’ nominee for the Frank Broyles Award as the top assistant coach in the country.

UCF this season was 5th in the American Athletic Conference in total defense as it allowed 382 yards per game.