Rhoads’ con­tract com­pleted

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - FOOTBALL -

The con­tract amend­ment that ac­com­pa­nied de­fen­sive co­or­di­na­tor Paul Rhoads’ pro­mo­tion from de­fen­sive backs coach to de­fen­sive co­or­di­na­tor dur­ing the off­sea­son has been com­pleted. On Fri­day, the Arkansas Demo­crat-Gazette re­ceived a copy of the amended agree­ment, signed this week by Univer­sity of Arkansas, Fayet­teville Chan­cel­lor Joseph Stein­metz and UA Sys­tem Pres­i­dent Don­ald Bob­bitt.

Rhoads signed the agree­ment July 26, the day be­fore the Ra­zor­backs opened train­ing camp, and Ath­letic Di­rec­tor Jeff Long signed it two days later.

Rhoads’ salary of $700,000, which dou­bles the $350,000 he was mak­ing in 2016, was ap­proved by the UA Board of Trustees in May. Rhoads, a for­mer Iowa State head coach, is the sec­ond-high­est paid as­sis­tant on Coach Bret Bielema’s staff be­hind offensive co­or­di­na­tor Dan Enos ($800,000).

Rhoads’ con­tract in­cludes a no-com­pete clause within the SEC, un­less he leaves for a head coach­ing po­si­tion. He also is sub­ject to pay­ing a $250,000 buy­out if he leaves Arkansas be­tween now and the end of the 2017 sea­son, and a $100,000 buy­out from then through the end of the con­tract on June 30.

It is un­clear what caused the de­lay be­tween Rhoads ac­cept­ing the de­fen­sive co­or­di­na­tor post and the sign­ing of his amended agree­ment.

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