FAYETTEVILLE — Arkansas senior associate head coach Randy Shannon has received a pay raise to $400,000 annually, according to a letter of agreement obtained through a Freedom of Information request Monday.
Shannon — who was the program’s linebackers coach last season — signed the letter of agreement last Friday. The pay raise was no surprise. Arkansas coach Bret Bielema announced earlier this month he had promoted Shannon, who had been considered a candidate for the defensive coordinator role after Chris Ash left for a position at Ohio State, to senior associate head coach.
“Randy and I talked right away, after the departure of Chris, and Randy is going to bump a little bit on our staff,” Bielema said on national signing day. “He’ll be named senior associate head coach. He helps me in so many ways.”
Shannon earned $315,000 in his role as linebackers coach last season.
His new agreement runs through June 30, 2015 and includes a $100,000 buyout throughout Dec. 31, 2014. The buyout drops to $50,000 after that date and runs through the length of the agreement with the Razorbacks.
The finalized letter of agreement came after Arkansas announced new defensive coordinator Robb Smith would earn $500,000 annually. Smith said he and Shannon had a conversation before he was hired about working together to rebuild Arkansas’ defense, which was ranked 88th in the nation in points allowed last season (30.8).
“I’m excited about that,” Smith said. “Really, at the end of the day, Randy and I share some of the same visions of defense. I know he worked with Coach (Dave) Wannstedt, a coach that’s been very helpful to me in this process and that defense at Chicago is kind of transformed into what I’ve been accustomed to at Rutgers and at Tampa Bay. Randy has a background at that, too, so we were kind of able to speak the same language. We have a lot of the same goals and a lot of the same visions. And I’m excited to work with him and play championship defense.”
— Robbie Neiswanger • Arkansas News Bureau