Oct 29, 2011, Seattle, WA, USA; Washington Huskies defensive coordinator Nick Holt speaks to his players during pregame warmups against the Arizona Wildcats at Husky Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-US PRESSWIRE

Arkansas Football: Razorbacks Add another Coach on Defense

Fayetteville, Ark. – According to a report from the Seattle Times former University of Washington defensive coordinator Nick Holt will take a position with the Arkansas Razorbacks during the 2012 college football season.

The Arkansas Razorbacks are fully staffed along their coaching ranks. Speculation is Holt will join the Hogs as a part-time assistant working with the secondary in some capacity.

Holt, 49 years old, was an assistant under John L. Smith at University of Idaho and on staff during Smith’s stint with Louisville. Holt left the Cardinals taking a position with USC as linebackers coach from 2001 through 2003.

Returning to Idaho as head coach from 2004-2005, Holt was offered the defensive coordinator’s position with USC while overseeing the defensive line from 2006-2008.

In 2009 USC offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian was offered the head coaching position at Washington taking Holt with him as his defensive coordinator.

Holt was on the Huskies’ staff for two years before being dismissed due to the poor performance of Washington’s defense over the last two seasons.

If Holt would be retained in some capacity on a full-time basis after the 2012 season is completed he could offer the Razorbacks an added recruiting tool with West Coast recruits. Holt is originally from San Jose, California, playing his college ball at University of Pacific. After recruiting in the trenches for USC and Washington off and on for over parts of eight seasons Holt knows his way around the fertile Southern California recruiting beds.

The Huskies had a consensus Top 25 recruiting class in 2012 after nabbing top defensive players like 5-star safety Shaq Thompson (California), 4-star corner Brandon Beaver (California) and 4-star defensive end Pio Vatuvei (California).


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