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
Segrest deal worth $225,000
FAYETTEVILLE New Arkansas defensive line coach Rory Segrest will be paid $225,000 per year.
Segrest, who was hired by Razorbacks head coach Bret Bielema on Wednesday, will coach Arkansas' defensive line and special teams, according to his letter of agreement released through a Freedom of Information request. Segrest's term at Arkansas is through June 30, 2015, consistent with one-year contracts for university employees.
If Segrest were hired away from the Razorbacks prior to Feb. 15, 2015 he would owe the university $100,000.
The buyout falls to $50,000 until June 30, 2015.
Segrest replaces Charlie Partridge on the Arkansas staff after spending the last three seasons at Samford.
Partridge was the Razorbacks' defensive line coach and assistant head coach prior to being hired as Florida Atlantic's head coach last month. Partridge's contract was worth $350,000 per year at Arkansas.
Prior to Segrest's hire, Bielema said the assistant head coach title vacated by Partridge could be filled by an assistant coach already on the Razorbacks staff.
Arkansas' salary pool for assistant coaches in the 2014 season will be $3.1 million barring any more turnover, which is $125,000 less than last year. The coaching staff's cumulative salary had risen each season since 2010.