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George McDonald Leaving Arkansas To Be OC At Syracuse, Sources Say

It appears the highly touted wide receivers coach is taking a promotion to Syracuse.

USA TODAY Sports's Jim Harris first reported this morning that the Razorbacks' new wide receivers coach, George McDonald, is leaving Fayetteville to become the offensive coordinator for new Syracuse head coach Scott Shafer.

This is a blow to Bielema's staff, as McDonald is considered one of the top recruiters in the country, and was named so by

Bielema stated upon his arrival that part of the reason for coming to Arkansas was the increased salary pool for assistants to prevent attrition, but that won't stop a position coach from taking a coordinator position if that coach wants to be a head coach someday.

McDonald's departure would leave two vacancies on the football staff, along with what is believed will be a tight ends coach.

McDonald was employed by Arkansas for approximately a month and will pay a prorated portion of his $50,000 buyout, which will be come to slightly less than $50,000.

Here is our original article on McDonald's hiring.