FAYETTEVILLE — New Arkansas coach Bret Bielema has been pretty busy his first few days on the job.
One of the tasks everyone is keeping a close eye on is his work in putting together a coaching staff.
While some new coaches - like Tennessee's Butch Jones - have already filled out their staffs, Bielema appears to be taking his time with it. No coach has been named, officially, to his Arkansas staff since his introduction. But Bielema has said he would move as quickly as possible to put together a group "second to none."
There have been plenty of nuggets and reports out there worth touching on, though. Below are a handful of items regarding staff movement:
• The website FootballScoop.com reported that current assistants Tim Horton and Bobby Allen have opportunities to remain on staff. There has been no confirmation from Arkansas about either coach, but reports indicate Allen has been offered the chance to remain in an off-the-field role (like director of high school relations).
• Why would that make sense? Jason Shumaker, who held the role last season, is off to Idaho for a position on Paul Petrino's staff. Schumaker announced the news himself via Twitter on Sunday: "Thanks to all for the very nice messages on my new position at the U of Idaho! Loved my time in Fayetteville and wish the Hogs best of luck!"
• The Wisconsin State Journal cited a source as saying Bielema has only asked one assistant to join him in Fayetteville. That's defensive coordinator Chris Ash. The newspaper also said Ash is expected to be a candidate for the same position on North Carolina State coach Dave Doeren's staff. Ash and Doeren were college teammates at Drake.
• Along with that report, it doesn't appear any Wisconsin assistants will leave until after the Rose Bowl. This Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel story indicates Wisconsin athletic director Barry Alvarez has been assured by the remaining coaches they will be with the team through the bowl game.
— Robbie Neiswanger • Arkansas News Bureau