FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Much like Bret Bielema before him, Dan Enos couldn’t resist the chance to take on the Southeastern Conference’s best.
Enos left his job as the head coach at Central Michigan on Thursday to become the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at Arkansas, a step down in position but one up into the high-profile world of the SEC.
The former Michigan State quarterback joins Bielema, who left Wisconsin two years ago and persuaded his former college competitor to join him with the resurgent Razorbacks.
“I had a great job, and obviously it would just take an unbelievable opportunity to leave something like that,” Enos said. “And that’s how my family and I view this, too good of an opportunity to not pursue and look at.”
Bielema and Enos played against each other in college while Bielema was at Iowa and Enos at Michigan State. The two also coached against each other over the years, and their conversations about Enos’ possible hiring began last week at a coaches convention.
Enos was 26-36 in five seasons with the Chippewas, overcoming a pair of 3-9 seasons to begin his career before leading the school to bowl games in two of the last three seasons. He called plays as a head coach, and Central Michigan passed for more than 3,000 yards four times, the kind of balanced offensive approach Bielema wants to go with his bruising running game.
“Dan is a great fit for our program,” Bielema said. “He runs a pro-style offense and brings expertise at the quarterback position as both a player and coach ... He has an outstanding reputation and will be a tremendous asset for Razorback football.”
PETRI TO COACH DEFENSIVE LINE: Louisiana Tech football coach Skip Holtz named Rick Petri as the team’s defensive line coach Thursday.
Petri joins Tech after holding the same position at Duke the last four years, helping the Blue Devils to 28 wins including the 2013 ACC Coastal Division title and three bowl game appearances. His hiring is pending approval from the University of Louisiana System Board of Supervisors.
If approved, it would be Petri’s second stint at Louisiana Tech. He served on the Bulldogs staff in 1992. Petri also has coached at Ole Miss, Miami, South Carolina and Kentucky in the course of his 30-year career.