COPY-Smith reunites with Bielema at Arkansas


AP Sports Writer

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) - New Arkansas defensive coordinator Robb Smith vows to bring an "aggressive philosophy" to the Razorbacks.

Smith, who was hired by Arkansas over the weekend, joins a staff led by coach Bret Bielema . The two worked together as assistants at Iowa, and Bielema says he had considered hiring Smith several times over the years.

After former Arkansas defensive coordinator Chris Ash left for Ohio State last month, Bielema quickly moved to contact Smith - who spent last season as the linebackers coach with Tampa Bay in the NFL.

Smith, who has also coached at Rutgers and Maine, takes over a defense that was 12th in the Southeastern Conference last season while allowing more than 30 points per game.

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