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Smith accepts Arkansas post as WRs coach
Seiler hired as defensive assistant, replacing Clements
Longtime Kansas State assistant football coach Michael Smith has been hired as the wide receivers coach at Arkansas. - photo by Mack McClure Great Bend Tribune file photo

Longtime Kansas State assistant football coach Michael Smith, a record-setting receiver for the Wildcats during the infancy of head coach Bill Snyder's tenure in Manhattan, has been named Arkansas’ wide receivers coach.

The hiring was announced by new Razorbacks head coach Bret Bielema, a former Kansas State assistant, in Fayetteville, Ark., last Thursday.

Named as a top-10 recruiter in the Big 12 Conference in 2012 by Rivals, Smith spent the first 11 years of his coaching career at Kansas State and was the running backs coach at Rice in 2006 before moving to Arizona for the 2007 and 2008 seasons, coaching running backs his first season before guiding inside receivers. He returned to Kansas State in 2009 as the Wildcats’ wide receivers coach.

Former Kansas State defensive end Blake Seiler (lettered 2004-06), who has spent the past two years as a graduate assistant, has been promoted to an assistant coach position. He will tutor the Wildcats’ defensive ends.

Seiler replaces Joe Bob Clements, who left recently to coach defensive ends at Oklahoma State. 

A letterman at K-State from 2004-06, Seiler spent the past two seasons as the defensive graduate assistant for Snyder, where he assisted the defensive coaching staff in breaking down film and running the scout team.

Prior to his term as a defensive graduate assistant, Seiler served as an office assistant.