FAYETTEVILLE (ArkansasSports360.com) - Staff turnover seems to be the norm in college football. Assistants take better jobs. They leave to keep from being fired.
Whatever the reasons, changes happen.
Arkansas, however, had a rare year in the turnover-heavy world of college coaching. Only three SEC programs — Arkansas, Auburn and South Carolina — managed to make it out of the year without staff tweaks of some sort.
Consider this from ESPN.com: Vanderbilt and Florida each got a new head coach and a tweaked coaching staff. Alabama and Ole Miss added three new assistants. At least one new coach is on staff at five other SEC programs.
Arkansas offensive coordinator Garrick McGee interviewed for a pair of head coaching jobs. Offensive line coach Chris Klenakis was mentioned as a candidate elsewhere. Neither left.
Continuity on staff helps in a variety of ways, but it ultimately boils down to relationships. And that includes interaction with players, other members of the staff and on the road recruiting. Petrino said the felt the recruiting component would be key to the program succeeding on National Signing Day.
"I think [continuity is] great. Our guys, I thought, did a great job out in the road recruiting," Petrino said. "That means we get to stay in the same areas. Know, make those relationships build with coaches and the people that we need."
Additionally, the coaches on staff are familiar with each other, understand Petrino's expectations and have a good feel for the direction of the program. Those factors can help keep thing running smoothly as the Razorbacks try to build on last year's 10-3 record and Sugar Bowl appearance.
"We don't have to come back in and re-teach anything on our offense and our defense. We get to just build on what we already have going," Petrino said. "I'm excited that everyone's back."