January 08, 2015

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) Arkansas defensive coordinator Robb Smith has signed a three-year contract, one of six Razorbacks assistant coaches to agree to new contracts following the school's first winning season in three years.

Smith, who helped Arkansas (7-6) improve from 76th to 10th nationally in total defense this season, will receive $750,000 next season, with raises of $50,000 in each of the following two seasons. The former Rutgers and Tampa Bay assistant was scheduled to make $500,000 next season in the second of a two-year contract.

Assistant coaches Barry Lunney, Clay Jennings, Sam Pittman, Ben Herbert and Rory Segrest also received raises following head coach Bret Bielema's second season - which ended with a win over Texas in the Texas Bowl.

The school also says new contracts for offensive coordinator Jim Chaney, running backs Joel Thomas and wide receivers coach Michael Smith are being finalized.

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