Episode 72: Rion Rhoades
Junior college football is the place where urban legends are born. Some of the best — past and present — went to a JUCO, including guys like Aaron Rodgers, Warren Moon and Cam Newton. And while JUCO football was brought more into the mainstream by the Netflix series “Last Chance U,” it isn’t exactly glamorous. Just ask new Arkansas linebackers coach Rion Rhoades. Rhoades spent the past 14 seasons as a JUCO head coach, including 13 years at Hutchinson Community College. He’s seen it all. But how does a lifelong JUCO coach fit in at Arkansas, where he’s getting his first taste of the Power 5 level? And how have the fires he’s dealt with at the JUCO level prepared him for what he calls a dream job?