Assistant coaches to speak at Razorback Fish Fry Thursday
Two Arkansas Razorbacks coaches will be the guests of honor at this year's Annual Saline County Razorback Club Fish Fry, which will be held Thursday at Bishop Park in Bryant.
Wide receivers coach Kris Cinkovich and offensive line coach Chris Klenakis will be on hand to speak, answer questions, take photos and sign autographs.
Mark Robinson, director of football operations, will act as the master of ceremonies after former state Sen. Shane Broadway turns over the microphone.
Bob Garrett, president of the Saline County Razorback Club, said the event is "laid back" and a "lot of fun."
"It's a great opportunity to meat with coaches ... and talk Razorbacks sports," he said. "It's usually a pretty energetic crowd.
"The kids always seem to really enjoy it, being so up close to the coaches."
Cinkovich and Klenakis were both instrumental in revamping the Razorbacks' offense last year and leading the team to a 10-3 record (6-2 Southeastern Conference) and an invitation to play in the 2011 Sugar Bowl.
Cinkovich joined Arkansas head coach Bobby Petrino's coaching staff in January 2010. He had spent the last six seasons at the University of Nevada at Las Vegas, where he helped build the wide receivers into one of the strongest units in the nation.
While with the Rebels, Cinkovich coached three of the top four all-time reception leaders in UNLV history, including Ryan Wolfe of the Atlanta Falcons, who finished his career ranked first in the UNLV record books with 283 receptions.
Klenakis also was named to the Razorbacks staff in January 2010. He came with 19 years of Division I experience, most recently at Nevada, where he was at the helm of the "pistol" offense that had prolific production and a powerful running game led by the offensive line.
In 2008, the Wolf Pack offense steamrolled over opposing defenses to the tune of a number of school records, including total offense, most rushing yards and rushing touchdowns. In 2009, Klenakis and the offense eclipsed all those marks. The Wolf Pack had the No. 1 ranked rushing offense in the nation, averaging 344.9 yards per game.
That year he also became the first offensive coordinator in NCAA FBS history to have a team lead the nation in rushing offense (2009) and passing offense (1997). Nevada also became the first team in NCAA history to have three players rush for more than 1,000 yards in a single season.
Thursday's meal will be catered by Denton's Trotline of Benton. Serving begins at 5:30 p.m. with the program starting at 7.
There will be a live auction of framed autographed pictures of head coach Bobby Petrino and former quarterback Ryan Mallett, who selected by the New England Patriot in the third round of the 2011 NFL Draft
There were also featured a silent auction with several memorabilia up for sale, as well as a vendor selling Razorback jewelry.
The cost is $15 for adults; children 6 and younger will be admitted free.
More information is available by calling Dan Yoakum at 778-0495.