Friday, January 25, 2008
Petrino Loses Assistant
Yesterday UofA Assistant Coach Ellis Johnson resigned from his post as Defensive Coordinator for the Razorbacks. Coach Johnson, a South Carolina native and former Citadel Head Coach, decided to be Defensive Coordinator for the Gamecocks shortly after receiving an offer from Coach Spurrier. This will be Spurrier's 3rd Defensive Coordinator since December. Tyrone Nix, who coached last year for the Gamecocks took a job with Coach Nutt at Ole Miss, and his replacement, Brian VanGorder, took a similar position with the Atlanta Falcons (a vacancy caused by Petrino's departure). Coach Johnson came to Arkansas after leading a solid Mississippi State Bulldogs defense and spending time leading Alabama's defense.
Look for Coach Petrino to bring in Arkansas's 3rd Defensive Coordinator since December before Monday. He should already have a short list handy since he just brought Coach Johnson to Fayetteville on January 4th of this year. With just one more weekend before signing day, hiring a top notch Defensive Coordinator ASAP will be critical for Coach Petrino.