Razorbacks to hire Mateos as OL coach

Eric Mateos, Arkansas' acting offensive line coach, is shown during practice Wednesday, Dec. 23, 2015, in Fayetteville. (Walt Beazley/Arkansas Athletics)

FAYETTEVILLE — Arkansas will hire Eric Mateos to coach the offensive line, a source confirmed Sunday.

The move was first reported by Adam Rittenberg of ESPN.  

Mateos was a graduate assistant for the Razorbacks from 2013-15 when Arkansas head coach Sam Pittman served as the team’s offensive line coach. 

After Pittman was hired by Georgia in December 2015, Mateos served as offensive line coach for Arkansas’ 45-23 victory over Kansas State at the Liberty Bowl. He left for a graduate assistant position at LSU following that season.  

Mateos has spent the past three seasons coaching the offensive line at Baylor and previously coached lines at Texas State and BYU. 

Mateos' units at BYU in 2020 and Baylor in 2021 were named semifinalists for the Joe Moore Award that goes to the nation's most outstanding offensive line. BYU went 11-1 as an independent and Baylor was 12-2 and Big 12 conference champion in those seasons. 

The Bears fell to 3-9 this season and offensive coordinator Jeff Grimes was fired. 

Mateos grew up in Overland Park, Kan., and played college football at Southwest Baptist University in Missouri. He received a master's degree from Arkansas in 2015. 

At Arkansas, Mateos will replace three-year assistant Cody Kennedy who was hired to coach the offensive line at Mississippi State last week.