For those who thought the 2014-15 spinning of the coaching carousel, at least the head-coaching portion, had come to an end, think again.
In a press release, Arkansas announced that Dan Enos has accepted the job as the Razorbacks’ offensive coordinator. Enos comes to UA from Central Michigan, where he was the Chippewas head coach.
Enos replaces Jim Chaney, who left earlier this month to become the coordinator at Pittsburgh.
“We are thrilled to have Coach Enos joining us in Fayetteville,” said head coach Bret Bielema in a statement. “Dan is a great fit for our program. He runs a pro-style offense and brings expertise at the quarterback position as both a player and coach. We played against each other in college and he was a very intelligent and talented quarterback who showed great toughness and leadership. He has an outstanding reputation and will be a tremendous asset for Razorback football.”
The unexpected move comes as Enos had just completed his fifth season at CMU. In that time, Enos went 26-36, but had led the Chips to bowl berths each of the past three seasons.
Prior to that, he was the quarterbacks coach at Cincinnati (2004-05) and Michigan State (2006) before coaching running backs at MSU from 2007-09.
He’s never held the coordinator title at the FBS level, with his last time in that specific job coming in 2003 at North Dakota State. He did, though, call plays for the Chips, Arkansas made certain to note in the release.
“I want to thank Bret (Bielema) for this wonderful opportunity to be part of something special at the University of Arkansas,” said Enos. “The challenge of winning a championship in the SEC and developing young men at the highest level of college football is very attractive. Bret and I share many of the same philosophies and I’m excited to open the next chapter of my coaching career down in Fayetteville.”
CMU becomes the 15th FBS program that will have a different coach in 2015 than it had in 2014. They are also, obviously, the lone team at this level without a head coach just two weeks ahead of National Signing Day.
UPDATED 3:56 pm. ET: Putting the finishing touches on this end of the situation, the following is how quickly the events developed.