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story.lead_photo.caption Bret Bielema (left), Arkansas head coach, and Paul Rhoads, Arkansas defensive coordinator, in the second quarter against Mississippi State Saturday, Nov. 18, 2017, at Reynolds Razorback Stadium in Fayetteville. - Photo by Ben Goff

— Arkansas has appointed Paul Rhoads to interim head coach of the football team, interim athletics director Julie Cromer Peoples said Friday.

Rhoads will serve in the capacity while Cromer Peoples leads a search to replace Bret Bielema, who was fired Friday following the Razorbacks' 48-45 loss to Missouri. Cromer Peoples said there is no timeline to make a hire and she will lead the search for the new coach.

Rhoads, 50, has spent the past two seasons as an assistant coach at Arkansas and was promoted to defensive coordinator earlier this year. He was head coach at Iowa State from 2009-15 and compiled a record of 32-55.

Cromer Peoples said that all nine full-time assistant coaches will be employed during her search for a new head coach and she will meet with the staff at 10 a.m. Saturday.

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  • RBBrittain
    November 24, 2017 at 9:58 p.m.

    This looks like a disaster in the making. Letting Cromer Peoples pick the coach without even input from the AD search committee? Either someone higher up is secretly pulling the strings (Chancellor Steinmetz, President Bobbitt, the Board of Trustees), or else The Hill will go up in a mushroom cloud when the search committee picks Houston Nutt for AD while Cromer Peoples picks Gus Malzahn for coach. We did NOT need to fire Jeff Long!

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