FAYETTEVILLE - Arkansas landed a familiar name as its new defensive backs coach.

FAYETTEVILLE - Arkansas landed a familiar name as its new defensive backs coach.


Paul Rhoads, most recently head coach at Iowa State, was announced as the newest member of coach Bret Bielema’s staff Wednesday morning. He replaces Clay Jennings who left earlier this month to take the defensive backs coach job at Texas.


"Paul has had a long standing reputation as a great teacher and recruiter even prior to his years of experience as a coordinator and head coach," Bielema said. "He instantly brings years of experience to our defensive staff room and has coached the secondary and defensive backs to the highest levels of success."


Rhoads, 49, coached at Iowa State for seven seasons, going 32-55, before being fired at the end of the 2015 season. He took the Cyclones to three bowls in his time. Before Ames, Iowa, Rhoads was the defensive coordinator at Auburn for one season in 2008. He was hired by then coach Tommy Tuberville, who was replaced by Gene Chizik the following year. Chizik left Iowa State to take the job and Rhoads took Chizik’s job in the Big 12 in turn.


Rhoads was also the defensive coordinator at Pittsburgh from 2000-2007 under Walt Harris and Dave Wannstedt. In 2007, the Panthers were the No. 5 defensive in Division I and had the No. 3 pass defense.


The hire is the third made by Bielema in the offseason. Previously Kurt Anderson took the place of Sam Pittman as offensive line coach and Reggie Mitchell replaced Jemal Singleton as running backs coach.


Rhoads will make $350,000 as per his one-year deal signed with the school. The compensation is the same Jennings before him. Rhoads also has the same non-compete clause in his contract, stating he cannot leave for another Southeastern Conference school unless it is to be a head coach. Rhoads’ buyout is $100,000 until February 15 when it then becomes $50,000 if he leaves for another positional coach job elsewhere.


"I’m thrilled to be joining the Arkansas program and can’t wait to help build on the success coach Bielema and the staff have already experienced in three years," Rhoads said. "Not only does coach Bielema have a track record of building winning programs but also developing young men of great character. Both are things I’m excited to be part of."


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