Another Departure: Hauser Leaving Football Program


FAYETTEVILLE — Chris Hauser, who was Arkansas’ director of recruiting, is leaving the program.

Arkansas coach Bret Bielema announced Hauser’s departure via Twitter on Thursday night. He also confirmed that defensive assistant Taver Johnson has left the program. Johnson accepted a position at Purdue on Wednesday.

“Best of luck to @ChrisHauserJr & @taverj as they pursue new opportunities. Great people and families that will find success. #thankyou #wps,” Bielema tweeted.

Hauser also posted a message on his Twitter page later Thursday.

“My family and I have decided to pursue other opportunities in college athletics and possibly outside college athletics,” Hauser said. “I want to thank Bret Bielema for the opportunity he had given me to work for him. I especially want to thank all of the players, their families and the fans for everything they have meant to us! U all deserve the best and I hope u get that!”

Hauser had worked on Bielema’s staff in an administrative role for two years, joining him at Wisconsin as the program’s director of recruiting. He followed Bielema to Arkansas and worked in the same position with the Razorbacks.

Hauser becomes the fourth staff member to leave the program since the end of the 2013 season. He’s the third staff member who followed Bielema from Wisconsin to leave, joining defensive line coach Charlie Partridge (Florida Atlantic head coach) and defensive coordinator Chris Ash (Ohio State co-defensive coordinator).

— Robbie Neiswanger • Arkansas News Bureau