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.
Arkansas hires Jets' Scott as defensive line coach
This is a 2015 photo of John Scott of the New York Jets NFL football team. This image reflects the New York Jets active roster as of Wednesday, February 11, 2015 when this image was taken. (AP Photo)
FAYETTEVILLE — Arkansas has hired an NFL assistant to fill its opening for a defensive line coach.
John Scott was hired Tuesday as the Razorbacks' defensive line coach, according to a release. Scott has spent the past two seasons as an assistant defensive line coach with the New York Jets.
Scott previously had worked two seasons as an assistant coach at Texas Tech in 2013-14.
“With our transition to the 3-4 scheme, John was a candidate that I came across early in the process,” Arkansas coach Bret Bielema said in a statement. “After his interview and further research on his familiarity with the 3-4, he rose to the top and will be a great addition to our defensive staff.”
Scott, 41, replaces Rory Segrest, who was fired last week after three seasons as the Razorbacks' defensive line coach. Scott is the second NFL assistant to join Bielema's staff in the past two seasons. Bielema hired offensive line coach Kurt Anderson away from the Buffalo Bills last year.
Scott will make $340,000 per year with the Razorbacks, according to his contract that was released through an open records request. Consistent with most assistant employment agreements, Scott is under contract through June 30, 2018, and signed a no-compete clause that prohibits him from taking any non-head coach or coordinator job at another SEC school.
Segrest received a pay raise to $300,000 last year.
Scott would owe Arkansas $100,000 if he leaves for another position before Feb. 15, 2018. That buyout falls to $50,000 for the duration of the contract.
“I’m grateful for the opportunity to be part of coach Bielema’s staff and begin working hand-in-hand with (defensive coordinator) Paul Rhoads and the rest of the staff on making this a great defense,” Scott said in a statement.
"Over half of my coaching career has been teaching the 3-4 scheme and I’m excited to implement the knowledge I’ve learned in the pro and college ranks at Arkansas."
Prior to his time at Texas Tech, Scott had college coaching stints at Georgia Southern, Missouri State, Norfolk State and his alma mater Western Carolina. He was a graduate assistant at Louisiana-Lafayette.
Arkansas still is down one assistant coach on the staff. Bielema said Monday that he is looking to hire a second linebackers coach to fill the vacancy left when former defensive coordinator Robb Smith left for Minnesota.
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