FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Steve Caldwell and Kris Cinkovich are joining the Arkansas football staff as assistant coaches.
Caldwell will coach defensive ends and Cinkovich will work with wide receivers.
Caldwell, a former Arkansas State player, departed Tennessee when coach Phillip Fulmer was forced out in 2008. He has ties with Petrino from when they coached at Nevada during the mid-1990s.
“Not being on the field this fall was really tough,” Caldwell said during a teleconference for the new coaches. “Those first two games this year, when I wasn’t a part of it, really drove me crazy.”
Cinkovich spent the last six seasons on the UNLV staff.
“I’ve known Kris and Steve for a number of years and know the transition for our program will be smooth,” said coach Bobby Petrino. “Steve’s experience in the Southeastern Conference will be invaluable and the record of success Kris has had with wide receivers speaks for itself. They are both relentless recruiters and great teachers who are familiar with our philosophy.”
Cinkovich inherits a group of receivers with a bright future at Arkansas. Sophomores Greg Childs, Jarius Wright and Joe Adams combined for 118 catches for 2,143 yards, and tight end D.J. Williams is also a receiving threat, assuming he sticks around for his senior season.
Cinkovich played on the offensive line at Carroll College during the early 1980s, while Petrino was playing quarterback there.
“We’ve maintained that relationship throughout the years,” Cinkovich said. “I’ve always been a proponent of the way he teaches and the system that he runs.”
Paul Petrino, Arkansas’ offensive coordinator and wide receivers coach, left to become offensive coordinator at Illinois last month. Quarterbacks coach Garrick McGee took over as offensive coordinator, but the Razorbacks still had a spot to fill on the offensive staff.