FAYETTEVILLE - Newly-hired Arkansas running backs coach Reggie Mitchell will have a contract similar to his predecessors.

FAYETTEVILLE - Newly-hired Arkansas running backs coach Reggie Mitchell will have a contract similar to his predecessors.


Mitchell, who is replacing Jemal Singleton, was announced as the new running backs coach by Bret Bielema last week. Mitchell signed a deal with Arkansas through June 2017 that will pay him $310,000 per year. The length of term and salary are the same as Singleton when he was hired in February last year.


Mitchell spent the last six seasons at Kansas, first recruiting coordinator, then running backs coach, then both for the last couple seasons. Before that he was at Illinois (2005-2009) as an assistant head coach and running backs coach and at Michigan State (1999-2004) where he coached wide receivers, running backs and ran recruiting.


Singleton left Arkansas after one season to take the running backs coach job with the Indianapolis Colts. He owed Arkansas $100,000 as stipulated as the buyout in his contract. Mitchell would owe the same if he leaves February 15, 2017, or before and $50,000 if he leaves after the same date next year.


"I’m excited to be a Razorback and be a part of Coach Bielema’s program," Mitchell said in the university’s press release announcing his hire. "Arkansas is a special place with a ton of tradition, especially at the running back position. I know there’s a talented group of running backs there and I can’t wait to get there a keep that tradition going."


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