Deggs Leaves UA Baseball Program

FAYETTEVILLE -- An official announcement indicating Arkansas baseball assistant Matt Deggs has left the program is expected today, according to sources close to the program.

Deggs spent three seasons as the hitting instructor, outfield coach and recruiting coordinator for the Razorbacks. Sources also confirmed he will accept a similar position at Texas A&M.

Arkansas coach Dave Van Horn has known about the situation for days and even stayed home this past weekend instead of heading to Durham, N.C., where he was to be one of four assistants for Team USA.

"I've known for a while, that's why I'm still in town," Van Horn said. "All I can say before (today) is that I'm looking for an assistant coach. I have to wait until it's announced by the school that's hiring him and that should be (today)."

A native of Texas City, Texas, Deggs has plenty of Lone Star State ties. He was an infielder at Alvin (Texas) Junior College in 1991-92 and at Northwood (Texas) College from 1993-94. He also spent five seasons (1998-2002) as head coach at Texarkana (Texas) Junior College.

"I didn't go with Team USA because, in a nut shell, I've had to stay here and recruit, run camps and find a coach." Van Horn said. "It's probably just about taken care of and It probably will be in the next day or two."

Van Horn wouldn't comment on specific names of any candidates, but sounded like he already had at least one person in mind and should have the new person in place by the end of the week. The ideal candidate will be familiar with the Arkansas program and the Southeastern Conference and have strong recruiting ties to the South, he said.

"I haven't done any interviews," Van Horn said. "I have talked to one person and I've probably had another 50 coming to me. We'll basically see how it goes in the next couple of days and maybe I can make an announcement.

Attempts to reach Deggs on Tuesday were unsuccessful.

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