John L. Smith To Be Hired As Arkansas Interim Football Coach, According To Report

The Arkansas Razorbacks kept a tight lid on coaching rumors until the brink of their 4 p.m. team meeting, but a report has finally emerged as to the identity of their next coach. According to the Associated Press, it will be John L. Smith, former Arkansas special teams coach and current coach of Weber State.


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Smith, 63, left the Hogs after the 2011 season to take over at WSU. Previously, he's worked as the head coach of Michigan State, Louisville, Utah State and Idaho, with other coaching stops throughout the country. He went 132-86 as a head coach, with a 4-11 mark in postseason games.

Smith left the Louisville job amid some controversy, as he bolted for the Spartans before the Cardinals' bowl game. He was replaced by Bobby Petrino, and now my brain hurts. He also leaves Weber State, his alma mater, without having coached a game there.

For more on Hogs football, visit Arkansas blog Arkansas Expats, plus SEC blog Team Speed Kills.

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