FAYETTEVILLE — Bobby Allen has been with the Arkansas football program since 1998, when he joined former coach Houston Nutt's staff as the co-defensive coordinator and inside linebackers coach.
His 15-year run on the field is over at Arkansas. But he's not leaving the program.
New Arkansas coach Bret Bielema confirmed Allen — who also was the longest-tenured on-field assistant in the Southeastern Conference — will work on his new staff as the program's director of high school relations. It's a job held by Jason Shumaker, who has joined Paul Petrino's staff at Idaho, in 2012.
"It was very important to me to keep him and I thought he would be great in that role," Bielema said. "He has been outstanding and has been live on the recruiting road for us because we are under numbers wise. Bobby was out recruiting through the month of December.
"He has been tremendous for me. He will be in our staff in a non-coaching position but as someone who has great relationships within the staff."
Allen coached a variety of defensive positions on Nutt's staff from 1998-2007. He was then retained by former Arkansas coach Bobby Petrino, working with the defensive line in four seasons (2008-11). Allen was moved to cornerbacks coach last December and coached the position under John L. Smith last year.
His son, Brandon Allen, was a redshirt freshman in 2012 and will compete with Brandon Mitchell for the starting quarterback job next season. Another son, Austin Allen, wrapped up his quarterback career at Fayetteville High earlier this month and is an Arkansas verbal commitment.
Allen's official addition means Bielema has four on-the-field hires to make to complete his staff. The open positions include running backs, tight ends, linebackers and secondary coaches. Bielema indicated he has come to an agreement with running backs and linebackers coaches, but will not complete those hirings until after they work in their respective bowl games.
Bielema also said Saturday that Tim Horton and Taver Johnson are still being considered for positions. Horton has coached running backs since 2007 season and has served as recruiting coordinator since 2008. Johnson was in his first season as assistant head coach/linebackers coach in 2012.
— Robbie Neiswanger • Arkansas News Bureau