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.
Former Razorback Thurman hired at SEC office
Scotty Thurman Jr. poses for a photo on Sunday, Aug. 9, 2015, during Arkansas' football media day at the Fred W. Smith Football Center in Fayetteville.
FAYETTEVILLE — Former Arkansas football player Scotty Thurman Jr. has been hired as assistant director of compliance at the Southeastern Conference office in Birmingham, Ala.
Thurman, 24, previously worked as an intern at the NCAA office in Indianapolis and as an academic counselor for the University of Arkansas. At the SEC office he will oversee violation reports and waiver requests, and coordinate background checks on game officials, among other duties.
In a statement, SEC commissioner Greg Sankey said Thurman's previous work "gives him the background necessary to advance the initiatives of the SEC's compliance program and aid our member institutions in compliance and governance issues."
Thurman was a walk-on defensive back at Arkansas after graduating from Fayetteville High School in 2012. He was awarded a scholarship prior to the 2014 season, but played in only two games and did not record any statistics.
Thurman worked as a recruiting volunteer for the football program and as an analytics intern for the basketball team while enrolled in graduate school at the university.
Thurman's father is Arkansas basketball assistant coach Scotty Thurman.
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