FAYETTEVILLE - Arkansas has found its next running backs coach.

FAYETTEVILLE - Arkansas has found its next running backs coach.


Former Kansas running backs coach and recruiting coordinator Reggie Mitchell was announced as the newest member of the Arkansas coaching staff Friday night. The Arkansas News Bureau reported Mitchell would be hired earlier in the day Friday. Mitchell takes over for Jemal Singleton, who left after one year to join the Indianapolis Colts in the same position.


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.


"I got to know Reggie during my time in the Big Ten and he was known as a dominant recruiter," said Arkansas coach Bret Bielema, "Over his career he’s recruited and developed elite running backs and athletes that had great college careers and advanced to the NFL. I’m excited about the opportunity to have Coach Mitchell join our staff."


Mitchell’s other previous stops include earlier stops at Kansas (1988-96), Minnesota (1997-98), Kent State (1987), Western Michigan (1986), Michigan (1985) and Ferris State (1984).


Kansas went 12-60 while Mitchell was on-staff under four different head coaches. While the team struggled, Mitchell coached running back James Sims to fifth all-time in school history for rushing yards.


Arkansas is currently in its offseason conditioning program. Spring practice begins in March.