Former Washington defensive coordinator Nick Holt will be back on a college sideline this season — and on a pretty good one, helping out at the University of Arkansas, ranked 10th in the preseason USA Today/Coaches poll.
His exact title, according to one report, remains unclear, and Arkansas has its full allotment of fulltime assistant coaches. So this would have to be in some secondary capacity and not as a fulltime assistant.
The connection here is pretty obvious —- Holt was the defensive coordinator for a while under Arkansas coach John L. Smith at Idaho and later also was an assistant on Smith’s staff at Louisville.
Smith, if you recall, was hired at Arkansas in the spring after Bobby Petrino was fired following an off-field scandal.
Smith has no guarantee on the job beyond this season but has said he’d like to stay on.
By the way, this won’t help UW financially any. Holt received a lump sum of his one-year guarantee for the 2012 season ($650,004) shortly after being fired.
Holt was fired at UW two days after the end of Washington’s 2011 season, which concluded with a 67-56 loss to Baylor in the Alamo Bowl.
Also fired along with Holt were linebackers coach Mike Cox and safeties coach Jeff Mills. Cox is now linebackers coach at Kansas State and Mills the defensive coordinator at New Mexico.