New Minnesota coach P.J. Fleck has reportedly found his new defensive coordinator: Arkansas DC Robb Smith.
ESPN’s Adam Rittenberg reports that an official announcement is expected later this week. Rittenberg also reports that Arkansas will look internally to replace Smith as defensive coordinator, with former Iowa State coach Paul Rhoads a likely candidate. Rhoads coached defensive backs at Arkansas in 2016.
Smith had been mentioned as a possibility at Wake Forest, but Rittenberg reports Smith will instead join Fleck’s staff. Smith was Bret Bielema’s defensive coordinator at Arkansas for three years.
Arkansas DC Robb Smith reportedly heading to Minnesota:
SOURCE: Minnesota is hiring Arkansas defensive coordinator Robb Smith for the same position. An official… https://t.co/A1YSbB9rmJ
— Adam Rittenberg (@ESPNRittenberg) January 9, 2017
Smith has been with Arkansas since the 2014 season. He was previously with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (linebackers coach in 2013) and also Rutgers (2009-2012). Arkansas went 7-6 this season, allowing 31.1 points and 426.6 yards per game.
Minnesota officially introduced P.J. Fleck as its new head coach this past Friday. He was 30-22 in four seasons as Western Michigan’s coach. In 2016, the Broncos went 13-1 and played Wisconsin in the Cotton Bowl.