Horton Hears He's Hired

New Arkansas head football coach Bobby Petrino announces he will retain current Razorback running back coach Tim Horton.

FAYETTEVILLE — Arkansas' coaching staff under new coach Bobby Petrino will include at least one familiar name next season — Tim Horton.

Horton, an Arkansas graduate, has been retained by Petrino after joining the program in July.

His job description has not been finalized, but Petrino said Horton will be valuable because of his Arkansas ties.

"I think it is important to have some guys that understand the university, understand the state, how everything works and I've certainly been looking into that," Petrino said. "The thing that I think I was so impressed with Tim was the short period of time he's actually been coaching here at the university and the relationships that he has with the high school coaches in the state. It's as if he's been here 20 years."

Horton played for the Razorbacks from 1986-89 and was hired by former coach Houston Nutt late last summer. He was a last-minute replacement for Nutt's brother, Danny, who had to leave the staff because of medical reasons.

Petrino and Horton spoke about a position last week. They spent much of the week recruiting, visiting Arkansas' oral commitments before the dead period began.

"We got together one night here and talked a little bit about his past, his future and then got busy recruiting," Petrino said. "It's the right thing to do, it's the right fit. He's a guy that should be coaching and working here at the university, and he's going to be a major asset to our football program."

Horton is now one of two assistants that have been named to Petrino's staff. His brother, Paul Petrino, will work as Arkansas' offensive coordinator.

But Petrino said he has no plans to announce the addition of any other staff members the rest of the month.
"The rest of staff I really can't say much about," Petrino said. "I feel like I'm in good shape, I feel like this situation is in good hand. But with the timetable, it won't actually happen until around Jan. 3."

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