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
UA tabs Jennings to coach secondary
Clay Jennings was hired as Arkansas' defensive backs coach after spending six seasons at TCU.
FAYETTEVILLE Arkansas has hired Clay Jennings as its defensive backs coach.
Jennings has spent the last six seasons as an assistant coach at TCU. He replaces Taver Johnson, who left Arkansas last week to coach the secondary at Purdue.
"I'm thrilled to add Clay Jennings to our staff as his experience blends well with our defensive coaches' philosophy and terminology," Arkansas coach Bret Bielema said in a release announcing the hire. "He was an instrumental part of a defensive unit at TCU known for giving an opposing offense a variety of looks while keeping schemes simple for their own players. In addition, his knowledge of the recruiting landscape in Texas will be a great benefit to our program."
Jennings, 40, has 11 years experience as an assistant coach on the FBS level. Prior to TCU he had assistant stints at Baylor, Houston and Louisiana-Lafayette.
While at TCU, Jennings coached with Arkansas linebackers coach Randy Shannon, who was promoted earlier this month to the Razorbacks' senior associate head coach.
Jennings is the third defensive assistant coach Bielema has hired this off-season alongside defensive line coach Rory Segrest and defensive coordinator Robb Smith. In addition to Johnson, former coordinator Chris Ash left Arkansas last month for a co-coordinator position at Ohio State and former defensive line coach Charlie Partridge was hired as head coach at Florida Atlantic in December.