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Arkansas Reportedly Hiring Kansas' Reggie Mitchell as Running Backs Coach

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Per Sports Illustrated, it appears the Hogs have their man to replace Jemal Singleton.

Arkansas continues to fill its coaching staff with coaches connected to the state of Michigan. Former Central Michigan head coach Dan Enos will continue to coordinate his offense with former Michigan lineman Kurt Anderson coaching the line while Central Michigan alum and former Michigan State assistant Reggie Mitchell is taking over the running backs duties.

From what we can tell quickly, Mitchell has about 30 years of college coaching experience and does have a lot of connections to the Dallas area in recruiting. He's credited with pulling in a few 5- and 4-star recruits while at Illinois from 2005 - 2009. He's been a running backs coach at Kansas, Michigan State, Illinois, and Minnesota. Rivals.com named him among the Big Ten's best recruiters in 2009 (and also included Dan Enos in that list).

Here's his bio from Kansas's website: Reggie Mitchell is in his sixth season at Kansas, where he serves as the recruiting coordinator and running backs coach. Mitchell came to KU after five successful seasons at Illinois. He previously coached at KU under Glen Mason from 1988-96.

Under Mitchell’s guidance, KU running back James Sims completed his Jayhawk career ranked third on the KU all-time rushing chart with 3,592 yards. He became the first player in Kansas history to rush for back-to-back 1,000-yard seasons (2012-13) and earned All-Big 12 First Team honors in 2013 from the Associated Press, The Sporting News, ESPN.com and the Waco Tribune-Herald. Sims was named All-Big 12 Second Team by the conference coaches, Phil Steele Magazine and the San Antonio Express-News.

Mitchell coached two Jayhawks to All-Big 12 honors in 2012 as Sims  finished the 2012 season leading the Big 12 in rushing yards per game. Sims was named first team All-Big 12 by ESPN.com, Phil Steele Magazine and CBSSports.com, while he picked up second team All-Big 12 honors from the league coaches and the Associated Press and Tony Pierson earned honorable mention All-Big 12 honors from the conference coaches and the Associated Press. Pierson had 760 yards rushing and four touchdowns on the ground, including a career-best 202 yard outing at Texas Tech. The East St. Louis, Ill., native also caught 21 passes for 291 yards and two touchdowns through the air.

From 1988-94 Mitchell worked with the Jayhawk defensive linemen, focusing on the defensive ends from 1991-94. He then switched to the offensive side of the ball to coach running backs in 1995 and 1996. He coached June Henley, who earned All-Big 12 Second-Team honors in 1996.

While Mitchell was at KU, the Jayhawks played in the 1992 and 1995 Aloha Bowls. KU produced four winning seasons in his tenure, after recording just one in the previous 11 years.

He left for Minnesota with Mason and coached the Gophers’ running backs in 1997 and 1998. Mitchell then coached at Michigan State from 1999-2004, mentoring the wide receivers in 1999 and the running backs for five seasons. He also served as the Spartans’ recruiting coordinator from 2000-04.

Mitchell was then named the assistant head coach/recruiting coordinator/running backs coach at Illinois in 2005. He spent five years in that role and helped the Illini win Big Ten rushing titles in 2006 and 2007, while the offense recorded consecutive 5,000-yard total offense seasons.

In 2009, Illinois ranked 18th in the nation in rushing. In 2007, Mitchell’s running back corps featured Rashard Mendenhall, who set school records for single-season rushing yards (1,681) and rushing touchdowns (17) en route to being named the Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year and a first-round NFL draft pick. The 2006 Illini led the Big Ten and ranked 10th in the NCAA with 188.8 rushing yards per game.

As a recruiter, Mitchell has earned numerous accolades from Rivals.com.

He began his coaching career at Central Michigan (1983) before heading to Ferris State (1984), Michigan (1985), Western Michigan (1986) and Kent State (1987) before establishing himself at Kansas.

Mitchell was a four-year starter as a running back at Central Michigan from 1978-81. He rushed for 2,394 yards in his career and helped the Chippewas win back-to-back Mid-America Conference titles in 1979 and 1980. He rushed for 1,068 yards as a senior.

He earned a bachelor’s degree in parks and recreation from Central Michigan in 1984. Mitchell has three children, son Kaeman and daughters Karena and Jennifer.