Arkansas radio personality Bo Mattingly dropped a bomb on Cowboy Nation yesterday when he reported that Oklahoma State's running backs coach, Jemal Singleton, was in town to interview with Bret Bielema, the Razorbacks Head Coach.
Sources: Oklahoma State RB Coach Jemal Singleton is on the Arkansas campus today interviewing with Bret Bielema.— Bo Mattingly (@SportsTalkwBo) February 24, 2015
Singleton is thought to be the frontrunner to fill the vacancy left by Arkansas' former running backs coach, Joel Thomas, after he bolted for the NFL earlier this month.
Losing Coach Singleton would be one more blow to the Cowboy's offensive coaching staff already looking to fill two positions. Gundy is currently looking for for someone to most likely work with tight ends and receivers, and he needs a new offensive line coach after Bob Connelly continued his nomadic career path. Fleeing to Southern California after just one season in Stillwater. A season marred by offensive line woes.
Taking over the running backs position prior to the historic 2011 season, Singleton has made somewhat of a name for himself. Last season was a tough year behind a patchwork line, but in 2013 Oklahoma State boasted the 15th best rushing attack in the country.
The news of Singleton's possible departure comes as Oklahoma State looks to address one of the biggest issues for 2015 season. Depth at running back. With just two backs on the roster, Gundy and Singleton successfully turned to the 2015 recruiting class to find some answers, and Singleton played a big role in flipping Chris Carson from Georgia at the last moment. It even came out during the recruitment process that Singleton and Carson are sort of related.
If Gundy has to fill the position, he'd more than likely want to do it sooner rather than later. The Cowboys start spring practice on March 9th.