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story.lead_photo.caption Washington State defensive coordinator Alex Grinch walks on the field after an NCAA college football game against Nevada in Pullman, Wash., Saturday, Sept. 23, 2017. (AP Photo/Young Kwak)

FAYETTEVILLE — The Arkansas Razorbacks are in the running for Washington State defensive coordinator Alex Grinch, according to ESPN analyst Brock Huard, the former University of Washington and NFL quarterback.

Speaking on his radio show Brock and Salk on AM-710 in Seattle on Wednesday, Huard said Grinch, the nephew of former Missouri Coach Gary Pinkel, is very likely to depart Coach Mike Leach's staff at Washington State and that SEC destinations Texas A&M and Arkansas are the most probable landing spots.

"He's not officially gone, but everybody I've talked to who is close to the situation say … he is weighing numerous options and he is a wanted commodity," Huard said.

Asked where Grinch is likely to land, Huard replied "It could be A&M or Arkansas; I think back in the SEC. Remember he came from Missouri. He was a position coach there. So family roots, some of those things are there."

Arkansas Coach Chad Morris has not announced any assistant coach hirings, through several members of his SMU staff have been recruiting for the Razorbacks. Morris said he planned to hire the best defensive coordinator in football at his introductory press conference last Thursday.

No. 21 Washington State, which is 9-3 and headed to a Dec. 28 Holiday Bowl matchup against Michigan State, is No. 15 in the FBS in total defense, allowing 313.6 yards per game, No. 47 in scoring (24.4 points per game), No. 5 in pass efficiency defense and No. 12 in sacks (3.0 per game).

Washington State is tied for seventh with 8.17 tackles for loss per game.

The Cougars ranked No. 97 in total defense (442.3) the year before his arrival, and improved to No. 84 (416.2) in his first season and No. 62 (405.9) in 2016.

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  • LRDawg
    December 13, 2017 at 7:13 p.m.

    Didn't Cal score 42 points against this guy? Cal can't score....barely got 27 on Ole Miss at home. Even Arkansas got 38 on those guys.....Keep searching #gohogsgo

  • MaxCady
    December 13, 2017 at 9:33 p.m.

    I'm with Dawg, Zona hung 58 on him, Washington 41 and Cal 37.

  • keoni8
    December 13, 2017 at 10:35 p.m.

    I just started 6 weeks ago and I've gotten 2 check for a total of $2,200...this is the best decision I made in a long time! "Thank you for giving me this extraordinary opportunity to make extra money from home. This extra cash has changed my life in so many ways, thank you! This is What I Do….. w­w­w.T­a­g­3­0.c­o­m

  • Yayuh
    December 13, 2017 at 11:44 p.m.

    Who you think will come here? You don’t want this guy, so who do you want? Who you think will come here? Venables? lol Arkansas couldn’t get Chavis who’s arguably on the downside of his career. Careful what you say. This is not an elite program by any means. I’m pretty sure CCM knows better than you who to hire.

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