With Johnson hiring, Herring's future at Arkansas uncertain

Updated: January 1, 2008, 7:48 PM ET
Associated Press

DALLAS -- Reggie Herring seemed emotional over the weekend when he addressed the media after practice.

The interim coach was asked about the possibility that he won't be back with the Razorbacks next season.

"After the game, we'll see," he said Sunday.

Arkansas (No. 25 AP) faces Missouri (No. 6 BCS, No. 7 AP) in the Cotton Bowl on Tuesday.

There are increasing signs Herring will be headed elsewhere -- particularly Monday's announcement by Mississippi State coach Sylvester Croom that defensive coordinator Ellis Johnson is leaving the Bulldogs to come to Arkansas. Johnson will take a similar position with the Razorbacks.

Herring was in his third season as Arkansas' defensive coordinator when coach Houston Nutt stepped down in late November. Nutt went to Ole Miss, and Herring became interim coach.

After a two-week search, Bobby Petrino was hired to coach the Razorbacks. Petrino is expected to discuss his staff Wednesday. His brother, Paul Petrino, has already been added as offensive coordinator. Tim Horton, the running backs coach this season, will remain with the Arkansas program.

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