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BY TOM MARTIN

ANCHOR JIM FLINK

 

Arkansas football has found a new head coach to replace Bobby Petrino. And according to Fox Sports, they didn’t have to look very far:

 

“The Razorbacks are bringing back John L. Smith to become their new head coach on a one-year deal. Smith will leave Weber St. to return to Arkansas where he was the special teams coach in Fayetteville the last three years.”

 

Smith has head coaching experience at big time programs like Louisville and Michigan State. But a CBS Sports blogger says Smith’s ties to Arkansas likely got him his new gig:

 

“In addition to helping to recruit and coach nearly the entire Razorback roster, Smith has worked alongside eight of the program’s nine current assistants. [Hiring Smith] will allow Arkansas to keep both its current staff intact and its players on the same Petrino-inspired page.”

 

Smith takes over an Arkansas team many believe will compete for a national title. But if they don’t fulfill expectations, a blogger at Team Speed Kills says the Razorbacks have already set up Plan B:

 

“Going with Smith and giving him a 10-month contract makes it perfectly clear that a full search will go on later this year, something that picking a younger assistant as interim would have muddied some.”



ESPN’s Rod Gilmore says — hiring Smith makes introductions easier — but he may not be ready to coach in the SEC:

 

“If you’ve watched John L. Smith over his career, he’s made some curious or interesting decisions during games and has come under criticism for that. So he’s going to be under the spotlight with a team this good, with every decision he makes in a critical game.”

 

Speaking of those so-called ‘curious decisions’ — in 2005 it was Smith who criticized himself while he was a head coach at Michigan State:

 

“We shouldn’t have sent him in. That’s a dang coaching mistake. The kids are playing their tails off and the coaches are screwing it up!”

 

So what do Arkansas players think of the hire? Running back Knile (PRON: Nile) Davis was one of many Razorbacks to offer praise on Twitter:

 

“The happiest day of my life... hearing that John L.Smith is coming back to the ville to b our head coach.”

Arkansas Hires John L. Smith as Interim Head Coach

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Apr 24, 2012

Arkansas Hires John L. Smith as Interim Head Coach

(Image Source: The Big Lead)

 

BY TOM MARTIN

ANCHOR JIM FLINK

 

Arkansas football has found a new head coach to replace Bobby Petrino. And according to Fox Sports, they didn’t have to look very far:

 

“The Razorbacks are bringing back John L. Smith to become their new head coach on a one-year deal. Smith will leave Weber St. to return to Arkansas where he was the special teams coach in Fayetteville the last three years.”

 

Smith has head coaching experience at big time programs like Louisville and Michigan State. But a CBS Sports blogger says Smith’s ties to Arkansas likely got him his new gig:

 

“In addition to helping to recruit and coach nearly the entire Razorback roster, Smith has worked alongside eight of the program’s nine current assistants. [Hiring Smith] will allow Arkansas to keep both its current staff intact and its players on the same Petrino-inspired page.”

 

Smith takes over an Arkansas team many believe will compete for a national title. But if they don’t fulfill expectations, a blogger at Team Speed Kills says the Razorbacks have already set up Plan B:

 

“Going with Smith and giving him a 10-month contract makes it perfectly clear that a full search will go on later this year, something that picking a younger assistant as interim would have muddied some.”



ESPN’s Rod Gilmore says — hiring Smith makes introductions easier — but he may not be ready to coach in the SEC:

 

“If you’ve watched John L. Smith over his career, he’s made some curious or interesting decisions during games and has come under criticism for that. So he’s going to be under the spotlight with a team this good, with every decision he makes in a critical game.”

 

Speaking of those so-called ‘curious decisions’ — in 2005 it was Smith who criticized himself while he was a head coach at Michigan State:

 

“We shouldn’t have sent him in. That’s a dang coaching mistake. The kids are playing their tails off and the coaches are screwing it up!”

 

So what do Arkansas players think of the hire? Running back Knile (PRON: Nile) Davis was one of many Razorbacks to offer praise on Twitter:

 

“The happiest day of my life... hearing that John L.Smith is coming back to the ville to b our head coach.”

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