FAYETTEVILLE — Wide receivers coach George McDonald has resigned from his position at Arkansas, according to multiple reports this morning.
McDonald left Miami to join coach Bret Bielema's staff at Arkansas in December. He agreed to terms that paid him $275,000 annually through June 30, 2014. The deal included a $50,000 prorated buyout for if McDonald chose to terminate his employment agreement for convenience, according to the letter of agreement he signed Dec. 20, 2012.
Arkansas has not confirmed McDonald's departure.
It's not immediately known where McDonald is heading.
But Jim Harris, a columnist for SportingLifeArkansas.com, cited sources as saying McDonald had resigned to accept the offensive coordinator position at Syracuse. The move makes sense, considering McDonald did work with new Syracuse coach Scott Shafer at Western Michigan from 2005-06. McDonald was the offensive coordinator at Western Michigan, while Shafer worked as defensive coordinator on coach Bill Cubit's staff.
McDonald's resignation would leave Bielema with two openings left to fill on his 2013 coaching staff.
Former Arkansas quarterbacks John Bond and Barry Lunney Jr. have spoken with Bielema about the tight ends position, but no hire has been announced.
— Robbie Neiswanger • Arkansas News Bureau