Reports: Former UA assistants hired Friday

By: Matt Jones
Published: Friday, January 25, 2013
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette/MICHAEL WOODS -- Arkansas offensive line coach Chris Klenakis works with the offensive line during a 2010 practice at Razorback Stadium in Fayetteville.
Photo by Michael Woods
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette/MICHAEL WOODS -- Arkansas offensive line coach Chris Klenakis works with the offensive line during a 2010 practice at Razorback Stadium in Fayetteville.

— A pair of former Arkansas football assistants found new work Friday, according to reports.

Former offensive line coach Chris Klenakis was hired by Iowa State to the same position, according to CBSSports.com and CoachingSearch.com. Former defensive ends coach/special teams coordinator Steve Caldwell was hired as defensive line coach at Arkansas State, according to CoachingSearch.

Both were hired at Arkansas following the 2009 season and spent three years with the Razorbacks. Both were longtime assistants in previous stops - Caldwell for 14 seasons at Tennessee and Klenakis 16 seasons in two stints at Nevada.

Caldwell played college football at Arkansas State and spent time as an assistant coach there in the 1980s.

All of Arkansas' nine full-time assistant coaches from the 2012 season are now in new roles. Taver Johnson and Bobby Allen were retained by new Razorbacks head coach Bret Bielema.

Johnson, formerly the linebackers coach, will coach the secondary next season, while Allen, a 15-year coaching veteran at Arkansas, has moved to an off-field position as director of high school relations.

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