Tom Murphy is a reporter for the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. A graduate of Louisiana Tech University, he is a member of the Football Writers Association of America, and voter for the Heisman Trophy and AP Top 25 football poll. Murphy was the 2017 Arkansas Sportswriter of the Year.
Strength coach Walker gets pay raise
Arkansas strength coach Jamil Walker (right) stands next to head football coach Sam Pittman prior to a game against Rice on Saturday, Sept. 4, 2021, in Fayetteville.
Third-year strength and conditioning coach Jamil Walker’s salary rose to $425,000 on March 1, according to a public record obtained by the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette from the UA on Friday. His contract term runs for two more seasons through the end of February 2024.
Walker, who came from Georgia on Coach Sam Pittman’s original staff at Arkansas in December 2019, has frequently been credited with increasing the size and fitness levels of the Razorbacks by Pittman and Arkansas players.
Walker received interest from South Carolina Coach Shane Beamer after his hiring by the Gamecocks last winter, but he stayed with the Razorbacks for a second season, with his salary raised to $400,000 starting July 1, 2021.
Walker’s original salary was $300,000.
Walker and every position coach for the Razorbacks has received a raise or their initial contract in the last year.
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