Summers to Kentucky

Sources confirmed to Hawgs Illustrated Saturday that offensive line coach Mike Summers will leave the school to take a similar position at Kentucky.

FAYETTEVILLEArkansas offensive line coach Mike Summers will accept a similar position at Kentucky, sources confirmed to Hawgs Illustrated Saturday.

Summers has spent the last two seasons at Arkansas and also served as assistant head coach. He has spent the last seven seasons on Razorback head coach Bobby Petrino's staff in other stops at Louisville and with the Atlanta Falcons.

"Mike and I have had a great seven year run together and I appreciate all his hard work and dedication through that time," Petrino said Saturday night in a release through the University of Arkansas media relations office. "He's got an opportunity to go home and be with his family, which is a priority I can understand. I want to thank him and wish Mike and his family the best."

Summers has several ties to Kentucky. He graduated high school in Lexington and attended college at Georgetown College in the state. His wife, Kathy, is the daughter of former Kentucky basketball coach Joe B. Hall, who won the 1978 NCAA championship with the Wildcats.

Summers' departure is the third on the Arkansas staff since the end of the regular season. Former offensive coordinator and receivers coach Paul Petrino left for a similar position at Illinois on Dec. 14 and former defensive ends coach Kirk Botkin was fired on Jan. 3.

Steve Caldwell and Kris Cinkovich were hired earlier this week to fill the voids on the Arkansas coaching staff. There was no immediate word on candidates to fill the latest vacancy.

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