With the announcement raining down Monday that Houston Nutt was stepping down as coach of the Arkansas Razorbacks, there were plenty of questions to be sorted out. From Nutt's future destination to Arkansas' future plans, not everything was answered right away.
But when it comes to the Razorbacks' coaching staff for the upcoming bowl game, there does appear to be a plan in place. And that's where Herring comes in.
On the same day Nutt resigned, Herring was named the interim head coach at Arkansas. The 48-year old — who has spent the past three seasons as the Razorbacks' defensive coordinator and linebackers coach — did not attend Monday's press conference announcing Nutt's departure. But Herring did release a statement through the university.
"I am grateful for the confidence coach Houston Nutt has expressed in me by recommending to athletics director Frank Broyles that I serve as interim head coach for our team's upcoming bowl game," said Herring, in the release. "I am also thankful to coach Broyles and Chancellor (John) White for accepting coach Nutt's recommendation. Although it is extremely difficult to see coach Nutt leave, I am honored and welcome the challenge of leading the Razorback football team and working with the other coaches on our staff as we prepare our team for a bowl game and as we continue to recruit."
During Monday's press conference, Dr. White said he expected the entire assistant coaching staff to remain intact for the bowl game. Currently, all Arkansas assistants are under contract through 2008, with the exception of wide receivers coach Alex Wood, whose contract expires at the end of December.
White said he didn't have a chance to speak with Herring prior to Nutt's announcement and doesn't know what his coaching plans are following the bowl.
"This is a great opportunity for him to lead the team," White said. "In terms of among coordinators, he has seniority in terms of years of experience, but I think it provides him with a great opportunity."
Herring joined the Arkansas staff on Dec. 4, 2004 after spending one season as defensive coordinator at North Carolina State. Overall, he has more than 25 years of coaching experience, including two years in the NFL with the Houston Texans.
"He's a guy that has a lot of experience in both college and the pros," Nutt said. "He's been a coordinator for a long, long time and this is a great opportunity for him.
"It's a great opportunity and I know he's excited about it."
POSITION: Interim Head Coach, Arkansas
COACHING EXPERIENCE: 1981, graduate assistant, Oklahoma State; 1982-85, linebackers, Oklahoma State; 1986-91, linebackers, Auburn; 1992-93, defensive coordinator, TCU; 1994-96, linebackers, Clemson; 1997-2001, defensive coordinator, Clemson; 2002-03, linebackers, Houston Texans (NFL); 2004, defensive coordinator/linebackers, North Carolina State; 2005-07, defensive coordinator/linebackers, Arkansas
FAMILY: Wife, Lisa; Daughter, Caroline (21); Son, Adam (18)
NOTABLE: Herring served as a graduate assistant at Oklahoma State in 1981 alongside Houston Nutt. The Florida State graduate has spent much of the past 15 years as a defensive coordinator at various colleges, including the last three years at Arkansas.
Herring Named Head Hog For Bowl Game
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