Matt Jones has been the online sports editor for the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette and NWA Media since 2010. He is also a feature writer for Hawgs Illustrated magazine and is currently working on his Master's degree at the University of Arkansas.
Favorite Sport: Basketball
Best Sports Memories: Watching Arkansas' basketball national championship in 1994; being at the Georgia Dome when the tornado hit during the 2008 SEC Tournament; countless hours spent at Baum Stadium in the spring.
Favorite Fayetteville Restaurants: Noodles, Penguin Ed's and Mojitos
Education: University of Arkansas
Smith to make $500,000
Arkansas football defensive coordinator and secondary coach Robb Smith speaks at a press conference Monday morning Feb. 10, 2014 at the Fred W. Smith Football Center.
FAYETTEVILLE Robb Smith will make $500,000 in his new role as Arkansas' defensive coordinator.
Smith's contract is for two seasons and includes a $150,000 buyout if he leaves prior to Feb. 15, 2016. The buyout drops to $100,000 until June 30, 2016 and is waived if Smith leaves for a head coaching position or NFL defensive coordinator job.
Smith, who coached linebackers last season for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, replaces Chris Ash as the Razorbacks' defensive coordinator. Ash was paid $550,000 last season at Arkansas.