Chaney named Arkansas offensive coordinator

FAYETTEVILLE — Jim Chaney, who boasts experience in the NFL, SEC and Big Ten, has been named Arkansas offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach, head coach Bret Bielema announced Wednesday.

Chaney spent the last four seasons at Tennessee as the Vols’ offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach and was the interim coach for UT’s 37-17 win against Kentucky in the 2012 season finale.

Prior to his time in Knoxville, he coached the St. Louis Rams for three seasons after nine years as offensive coordinator at Purdue. Chaney also has held recruiting coordinator duties at three different schools.


Kingsbury taking over at Texas Tech as head coach

Texas A&M offensive coordinator Kliff Kingsbury has named the new head coach at Texas Tech, according to a report on

The 33-year-old Kingsbury comes back to Lubbock, where he was a record setting quarterback for the Red Raiders a decade ago.

This season, Kingsburgy followed former Houston head coach Kevin Sumlin to Texas A&M as the Aggies’ new offensive coordinator, and the team stunned the rest of the Southeastern Conference. The Aggies finished No. 3 in the nation in scoring and total offense despite facing three of the nation’s top eight defenses.

Kingsbury takes over a program that lost four of its last five games in 2012 and had gone 20-17 and just 9-17 in Big 12 in the last three seasons.

Congress presses NFL

WASHINGTON — A congressman accused the NFL Players Association of “trying to back out” of an agreement to start testing for human growth hormone in pro football, according to a report on

Rep. Elijah Cummings of Maryland noted Wednesday that nearly two full NFL seasons have passed since the league and the players’ union signed a labor deal in August 2011 that set the stage for adding HGH to the sport’s drug program.

HGH is a banned substance that is hard to detect and used by athletes for what are believed to be a variety of benefits, whether real or only perceived — such as increasing speed or improving vision.

“They say they need more time … before doing what they agreed to do. To me, it seems obvious the Players Association is simply running out the clock,” Cummings said in his opening statement. “Although they agreed to HGH testing, they are now trying to back out of the contract.”

— Staff and wire reports