FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Former Arkansas fullback Marvin Caston is returning to Fayetteville as UA’s director of compliance. A four-year football letterman for the Razorbacks, Caston worked as a graduate assistant in the business and compliance offices at Arkansas before taking a full-time compliance position at the University of South Florida. The 1999 Arkansas graduate has spent the last three years at USF. He was a compliance assistant at the Tampa, Fla., university in 2003 before being promoted and serving as compliance coordinator the last two years.“Marvin learned a great deal working in compliance while he was here and has gained a tremendous amount of experience at South Florida,” Dr. Derrick Gragg, UA’s senior associate athletic director, says. “He went there as an assistant and was promoted after his first year. He’s familiar with our office and still knows many of our student-athletes and coaches, which will lead to a smooth transition. We’re very happy to have Marvin come back to Arkansas.” At South Florida, he maintained the day-to-day operation of the compliance office, served as the liaison between the athletic department and the office of financial aid, oversaw all student-athlete employment opportunities and reviewed paperwork received from student-athletes relating to Conference-USA and the NCAA. Caston lettered at UA from 1996-99, playing on Houston Nutt’s first two teams that were 9-3 in 1998 and 8-4 in ’99. The 1998 team played Michigan in the Florida Citrus Bowl and ended the year ranked No. 16. The 1999 squad beat Texas in the Cotton Bowl and finished the season ranked No. 17.
Caston earned his bachelor’s in social work in 1999 and was a member of the Southeastern Conference’s Academic Honor Roll his senior year. The Winnsboro, La., native worked as a graduate assistant in the business office in 2001 and the compliance office in 2002 while earning his master’s in adult education. He also served as Chairman of the “A” Club Membership Drive and was Co-Director of the Athletic Prevention Programming & Leadership Education (APPLE) Program. Caston is a member of the National Association of Athletics Compliance Coordinators and USF’s Black Faculty & Staff Association. He is married to the former Tommi Williams and they have a son, Thomas Marvin.