Andy Shupe, Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

Hogs looking for third assistant coach this off-season

Arkansas defensive backs coach Clay Jennings has accepted the same position at Texas.

Arkansas defensive backs coach Clay Jennings has accepted the same position at Texas.

Jennings has spent the last two seasons with the Razorbacks, but returns to the state where he has spent most of his career. Prior to Arkansas, Jennings was defensive backs coach at TCU and has also coached at Baylor, Houston, Sam Houston State and his alma mater North Texas. 

"It's an honor and privilege to have the opportunity to coach in my home state and represent one of the nation's premier football programs," Jennings said in a release announcing the hire. "I'm excited to be a part of the Longhorn family and ecstatic to have the chance to join Coach (Charlie) Strong's staff. I've followed him for a long time, and he's a man that so many of us as coaches look up to and admire."

According to his contract, Jennings will owe the Razorbacks $100,000 to terminate his contract. He was under contract through next June. 

"Clay has a tremendous track record for developing defensive backs and has coached in a lot of great defenses," Texas coach Charlie Strong said. "He's knowledgeable, personable, brings a lot of energy and is a coach our staff all thought fit in really well with us. On top of that, he's from Texas, has years of experience coaching here and already has great relationships across the state. That's a big advantage for him to get in here and get going right away. 

"After spending time with him, we felt like he has everything we're looking for. I know our players will all really respond well to Clay, and we're looking forward to having him on our staff."

Jennings is the third Arkansas assistant coach to leave this off-season. Former offensive line coach Sam Pittman accepted the same job at Georgia and running backs coach Jemal Singleton accepted the same position with the NFL's Indianapolis Colts. 

At Texas, Jennings will replace Chris Vaughn, a former Arkansas assistant. Vaughn resigned last week. 

Another former Razorbacks assistant, Taver Johnson of Purdue, was also reported to be a candidate for the job. 


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