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
Shannon's contract worth $400,000
Arkansas linebackers coach Randy Shannon talks with reporters following the Arkansas Razorbacks' national signing day press conference at the Fred Smith Center in Fayetteville.
FAYETTEVILLE Randy Shannon will make $400,000 per year as part of a new contract at Arkansas.
Shannon was promoted to senior associate head coach earlier this month by Razorbacks head coach Bret Bielema. Shannon was the team's linebackers coach last season and will continue in that role alongside his new title.
The former Miami head coach signed his new contract last Friday. He will owe the university $100,000 if he leaves prior to the end of the 2014 calendar year and $50,000 if he leaves between Jan. 1, 2015 and June 30, 2015.
Shannon made $315,000 as the team's linebackers coach last season. He is currently the fourth-highest paid assistant coach on the Razorbacks' staff.