Matt Jones is the online sports director for the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. A double 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 Heisman Trophy and Biletnikoff Award.
New Arkansas linebackers coach to make $375,000
This is a 2016 photo of Chad Walker of the Atlanta Falcons NFL football team. This image reflects the Atlanta Falcons active roster as of Monday, June 13, 2016 when this image was taken. (AP Photo)
FAYETTEVILLE New Arkansas outside linebackers coach Chad Walker is scheduled to make $375,000 annually, according to terms of his contract that were released Monday through an open records request.
Walker is under contract through June 30, 2018, which is consistent with employment agreements for most assistant coaches and university employees.
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If Walker should leave Arkansas for another job before Feb. 15, 2018, he would owe the university $100,000. That buyout falls to $50,000 for the duration of the contract. He signed a no-compete clause that prohibits him from accepting a non-head coach or coordinator position with other SEC teams.
Walker was hired last Friday after spending two seasons as an assistant coach with the Atlanta Falcons. The Razorbacks will have two coaches over linebackers next season as they move to a 3-4 base defense. Vernon Hargreaves, who has coached linebackers the past two seasons, will be the team's inside linebackers coach in 2017.
Walker's salary would make him the third-highest paid assistant coach on Arkansas' staff behind offensive coordinator Dan Enos and receivers coach Michael Smith, but that is expected to change.
Paul Rhoads, who was promoted to defensive coordinator last month, still has not agreed to a new contract, according to a university spokesperson. Rhoads, who was hired last year as a defensive backs coach, is under contract to make $350,000 per year, but that figure is expected to increase in his new role.
According to the Des Moines Register, Rhoads is being paid an annual buyout by Iowa State, where he was fired following the 2015 season. Rhoads' buyout at Iowa State called for him to be paid $750,000 per year through 2021, according to the report.
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