Wednesday, January 16, 2013
Hogs looking for another receivers coach
By Chris Low
Arkansas coach Bret Bielema is in the market for another receivers coach after George McDonald bolted this week to take the offensive coordinator's position at Syracuse.
McDonald, who had spent the previous two seasons on Miami's staff, was hired last month at Arkansas, but Bielema confirmed Tuesday night that he had accepted McDonald's resignation.
"When you set out to assemble one of the top coaching staffs in the country, the group will consist of individuals who are highly respected and highly sought after," Bielema said. "I have always tried to hire coaches who possess the qualities and ambition to move up in our profession. I wish George the best of luck in the future as an offensive coordinator at a major university."
McDonald and new Syracuse coach Scott Shafer worked together on the Western Michigan staff in 2005 and 2006. McDonald has extensive recruiting ties in South Florida and is considered one of the top recruiters in the country.
While McDonald is on his way out, former Arkansas quarterback Barry Lunney Jr. is on his way in. Lunney will coach the Hogs' tight ends, and comes to Arkansas from nearby Bentonville High School, where he was the offensive coordinator for the previous eight seasons. Lunney played at Arkansas from 1992-95 and finished his career as the school's all-time leader in passing yards and passing touchdowns. Those records have since been broken.