Matt Jones is the online sports director for the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. A two-time graduate of the University of Arkansas, he is a member of the Football Writers Association of America and National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association, and voter for the Biletnikoff Award.
Hogs have two more jobs to fill
Chris Hauser, Arkansas' director of on-campus recruiting, right, and Aaron Henry, graduate assistant football coach, set up a board displaying Arkansas' 2014 signing class before the start of a National Signing Day ceremony Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2014, at the university's football complex.
FAYETTEVILLE Bret Bielema is looking to fill two more positions on his Arkansas football staff.
The second-year Razorbacks coach announced on Twitter Thursday night that defensive assistant coach Taver Johnson and on-campus recruiting coordinator Chris Hauser are no longer with the program. Johnson has reportedly accepted a job at Purdue, while Hauser was let go earlier this week.
Johnson spent two seasons at Arkansas. He coached cornerbacks in 2013 after coaching the team's linebackers coach the year before. Johnson was also the team's assistant head coach prior to Bielema's arrival, serving as the team's interim coach for 18 days in April 2012.
Chris Hauser Statement
My family and I have decided to pursue other opportunities in college athletics and possibly outside college athletics. I want to thank Bret Bielema for the opportunity he has given me to work for him. I especially want to thank all of the players, their families and the fans for everything they have meant to us! (You) all deserve the best and I hope (you) get that!
Hauser was one of several coaches and support staff to leave Wisconsin with Bielema following the 2012 season. His firing came less than one week after National Signing Day.
The Razorbacks' recruiting class ranked 11th in the Southeastern Conference, according to major recruiting services. With Hauser's departure, Arkansas is looking for its fifth person for the position in less than two years.
Johnson and Hauser make four departures from Bielema's staff this off-season. Defensive coordinator Chris Ash took a similar position at Ohio State and defensive line coach Charlie Partridge was hired as head coach at Florida Atlantic.
Rory Segrest was hired to coach the Razorbacks' defensive line last month and Robb Smith was introduced earlier this week as the team's defensive coordinator and secondary coach.