Klenakis expected to coach offensive line

Arkansas coach Bobby Petrino is expected to use another old college connection and hire Nevada offensive coordinator as the Razorbacks' offensive line coach, according to multiple reports.

FAYETTEVILLE – For the second time this off-season Arkansas coach Bobby Petrino will apparently reach out to a former college teammate to fill a vacancy on his coaching staff.

Petrino is expected to hire Nevada offensive coordinator Chris Klenakis as the Razorbacks' new offensive line coach, according to reports in the Reno Gazette-Journal and ESPN.com. A team spokesperson declined to comment on the reports, but a season wrap-up press conference with the head coach is scheduled for Saturday.

Klenakis will replace Mike Summers, who accepted a position at Kentucky last weekend. Along with new receivers coach Kris Cinkovich, Klenakis played with Petrino at Carroll College in the 1980s.

Klenakis has spent the last six years at Nevada and 16 seasons overall helping the Wolf Pack build the prototype for the Pistol offense. Klenakis has released three instructional DVDs on the formation, which emphasizes a power running game and a zone blocking scheme. He has also had offensive coordinator stints with Southern Miss (2000-02) and Central Missouri (2003).

Nevada has been successful running the formation almost exclusively, ranking second nationally in total offense (505.6 yards per game) and first in rushing offense (344.9) last season and finishing in the top five of both categories for the second consecutive year.

Despite leading the SEC in scoring offense and passing offense in 2009, Arkansas struggled to run the ball at times. The Razorbacks finished 10th in the SEC in rushing offense at 136 yards per game.

Klenakis is the third new Arkansas assistant coach hired this off-season. Cinkovich and new defensive ends coach Steve Caldwell were introduced last Wednesday.

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