P.J. Fleck is not even three days into being the coach at Minnesota and he reportedly already has his defensive coordinator. ESPN’s Adam Rittenberg reported Monday that Robb Smith is leaving Arkansas to take the same job with the Gophers.
An official announcement of Smith’s hire is expected to be made later this week.
Smith has served as the Razorbacks’ defensive coordinator since 2014. This season, Arkansas finished 75th nationally in total defense (426.6 yards per game) and 85th in scoring defense (31.1 points per game).
When Fleck was hired away as head coach at Western Michigan last Friday, there were rumors that Smith would become the defensive coordinator at Wake Forest. Smith denied those reports.
Fleck and Smith have worked together in the past at Rutgers and in the NFL with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers from 2010-12.
If Smith does indeed leave Arkansas, Rittenberg reports that Bret Bielema could hire his replacement from within the program. Former Iowa State coach and current Razorbacks secondary coach Paul Rhoads would likely be a candidate.
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