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Is Arkansas going to be in the market for a new defensive coordinator?

Robb Smith
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FootballScoop.com – a coach-centric website – is reporting that Arkansas defensive coordinator Robb Smith is leaving for the same job at Wake Forest, but Smith refutes the report.

Smith just finished his third season with the Razorbacks. Before that, he spent one season as the inside linebackers coach with the NFL’s Tampa Bay Buccaneers after four seasons (2009-12) as an assistant at Rutgers, including one season as the Scarlet Knights’ defensive coordinator.

Arkansas was ninth in the SEC in total defense this season, allowing 426.6 yards per game. The Hogs surrendered 31.1 points per game, which was 10th in the league, and six times allowed at least 38 points. In addition, Arkansas allowed at least 500 yards six times.

The defense has regressed each of the past two seasons. In Smith’s first season with the Hogs in 2014, Arkansas allowed just 323.4 yards per game. Last season, that number increased to 391.6 yards per game, then increased again this season.

Wake is looking for a replacement for Mike Elko, who left last month to become Notre Dame’s defensive coordinator. The Irish fired DC Brian Van Gorder during the season.

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