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Arkansas loses assistant to Purdue

Taver Johnson

For the third time in less than two months, a member of Bret Bielema‘s defensive coaching staff at Arkansas has left the Razorbacks.

Purdue confirmed via a press release Friday morning that Taver Johnson is the latest addition to head coach Darrell Hazell‘s staff.  As he did with the Razorbacks, Johnson will be in charge of the Boilermaker defensive backs.

Johnson recently completed his second season at UA.  In 2012, he served as assistant head coach and linebackers — with an interim head coach title thrown in during the transition from Bobby Petrino to John L. Smith — before moving to the secondary for the 2013 season.

From 2007-11, Johnson and Hazell were a part of the same coaching staff at Ohio State.

“I am thrilled to have Taver Johnson join our staff as the new secondary coach,” Hazell said in a statement. “He will bring energy and passion to that group. Taver has a wealth of experience from major college football as well as the NFL. I’ve seen him work up-close and in-person and love what he brings.”

Along with Johnson, defensive line coach Charlie Partridge and defensive coordinator Chris Ash left Arkansas to become the head coach at FAU and co-defensive coordinator at Ohio State, respectively.

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3 Responses to “Arkansas loses assistant to Purdue”
  1. imaduffer says: Feb 14, 2014 12:05 PM

    So did Traver Johnson pause for 10 seconds before he told Bielema he was leaving?

  2. wolftalkblog says: Feb 14, 2014 2:44 PM

    So much for losing assistants because they weren’t getting paid enough. Three already. Sounds like the turnover at UW. I suggest there is more to working for Bielema than just a money issue.

  3. sportsguy3434 says: Feb 14, 2014 6:33 PM

    Word is he was nudged out. DBs were horrible the last couple of years

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