Arkansas officially names Robb Smith new defensive coordinator

Nov 23, 2012; Fayetteville, AR, USA; Arkansas Razorbacks helmet during the game against the LSU Tigers at Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium. LSU defeated Arkansas 20-13. Mandatory Credit: Nelson Chenault-USA TODAY Sports

Robb Smith was officially named the new defensive coordinator of the Arkansas Razorbacks on Saturday afternoon.

Smith was the linebackers coach for the Tamp Bay Buccaneers last season but was not retained after Tampa Bay head coach Greg Schiano was fired. Before working in the NFL, Smith spent four years (2009-12) as an assistant at Rutgers.

Arkansas head coach Bret Bielema issued a statement praising Smith:

I’ve been able to watch Robb Smith grow in the profession, and I know he’ll bring in an attacking defensive philosophy that is built specifically to stop offenses in the SEC. Robb has been promoted time and time again at every place he’s been. With his background, he captivates a room no matter where he is and players gravitate towards him. He’s demonstrated an understanding of what it takes to build a team into a championship program (College Football Talk).

Smith will be the team’s fourth defensive coordinator in as many seasons. Chris Ash and Paul Haynes each served a single year as the defensive coordinator after Willy Robinson was fired in 2011.

[Source: College Football Talk]

Topics: Arkansas Razorbacks, Robb Smith

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