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Gophers grab Robb Smith from Arkansas to be defensive coordinator

It looks like Minnesota has its defensive coordinator.

It looks like new Gophers football coach P.J. Fleck has settled on his defensive coordinator.

A source tells ESPN that Arkansas defensive coordinator Robb Smith will take over the same position at Minnesota. The University of Minnesota hasn't made an official announcement, but Fleck is hoping to complete his staff by Thursday.

Smith has served as the Razorbacks' defensive coordinator since 2014. According to Gridiron Now, Arkansas finished 75th nationally in total defense (426.6 yards per game) and 85th in scoring defense (31.1 points per game).

It wouldn't seem that Smith was the most popular coach on the Razorbacks' staff.

But Fleck and Smith do have history together. They worked together previously at Rutgers, where Smith was the defensive coordinator and in the NFL with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers from 2010-2012.

The blog Arkansas Fight reports that last week it was believed Smith was leaving Arkansas to become the defensive coordinator at Wake Forest, but has chosen Fleck and Minnesota instead.

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