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Arkansas coaching search ends with Bret Bielema

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

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Bret Bielema's Kitchen: An analysis

Four islands? Two sinks? Black marble? Where in the heck is Bret Bielema living?

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How Bielema can win at Arkansas

In many ways, Bret Bielema's recruiting could be a good fit for the Razorbacks.

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Barry Switzer on Bret Bielema (and his wife)

An American hero with some Arkansas #analysis.

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Bielema cashing in

Bret Bielema's surprising exit from the Wisconsin Badgers to coach the Arkansas Razorbacks apparently has its perks.

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Arkansas sings about Bret Bielema

Nothing that happens in Fayetteville is official until Lizhoney lends her voice to it. Welcome, Bret Bielema.

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Into the Arkansas madness

We hope you're fully aware of what you're in for at Arkansas, Bret Bielema.

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Bielema to Arkansas

Arkansas' year-long coaching search will conclude with Bret Bielema, who wants to stick around for the Rose Bowl.

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Arkansas rumors eating themselves

Tuesday got weird.

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John Daly likes Mike Gundy

Arkansas fan John Daly either likes Mike Gundy of Oklahoma State, thinks Jon Gruden coaches Oklahoma State, is a big fan of DC Comics or is a big fan of English nursery rhymes.

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No Les for you

LSU and Les Miles have agreed on a new contract to keep him in Baton Rouge for the foreseeable future.

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Franklin wants to stay at Vandy

The second-year Commodores head coach has been nothing short of a miracle for a long-dead football program. Now it's likely up to Vanderbilt to commit to James Franklin.

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Hogs calling Les Miles?

Arkansas reportedly offers Les Miles a five-year deal worth more than $27 million to coach the Razorbacks.

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John L., Arkansas officially part

John L. Smith has been dismissed by Arkansas after only one season.

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No Franklin for Arkansas

Arkansas reportedly reached out to James Franklin regarding the Razorbacks' coaching position, but the Vanderbilt head coach wasn't interested in the job.

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Gruden to Hogs unlikely

Jon Gruden has been offered the head coaching job at the University of Arkansas, reports say, but is expected to decline the position.

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Tennessee, Arkansas interested in Gruden

The analyst has been linked to Arkansas and Tennessee as potential destinations this offseason.

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Arkansas fans sing 'Hey Grude'

THEY RHYMED "LEAD US TO ATLANTA" WITH "SPIDER 2 Y BANANA" IN A BEATLES COVER.

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Mike Gundy not talking Arkansas job

Like Gary Patterson, Mike Gundy isn't saying anything about Arkansas.

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TCU's Patterson denies Arkansas rumors

TCU Horned Frogs head football coach Gary Patterson denied rumors that he's interested in leaving TCU to be the next head coach of the Arkansas Razorbacks.

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Patterson reportedly 'leading candidate' for Hogs

TCU's Gary Patterson has stuck with the Frogs for more than a decade despite offers to coach elsewhere. Would Arkansas be the job that causes him to bolt?

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Razorbacks hoping to land a head coach by December

The Arkansas Razorbacks should be one of the country's first teams to hire a new coach this offseason, with athletic director Jeff Long setting a hire by the middle of December as the goal, according to the AP.

After Bobby Petrino was let go before the 2012 season, Long named John L Smith the interim head coach. The team has struggled under Smith, posting a 3-4 record with home losses to the Rutgers Scarlet Knights and the Louisiana-Monroe Warhawks.

Long says Smith is still a candidate at this point, but also wants to consider others who exhibit "honesty and integrity on and off the field." Smith is currently filing for a $40.7 million personal bankruptcy over failed land deals.

The AD made it clear he's looking for someone who won't be intimidated by the SEC and who believes he can build a perennial national contender.

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Charlie Strong to Arkansas? What's the hurry?

Coaches promise things all the time, but Charlie Strong's got the public financial backing of his boss as well.

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John L. Smith will not be fired

Despite a disappointing 1-3 start that includes losses at home to Louisiana-Monroe and Rutgers, Arkansas Razorbacks athletics director Jeff Long has voiced his support of interim head coach John L. Smith:

"Supporting this team is the best course of action for the short- and long-term. ... I will fulfill my commitment to the players and coaches for this season and I will not abandon them. I'm confident they will work hard and win games.''

Related: Why I'm Giving John L. Smith A "Pass"

Smith was given the job following Bobby Petrino's dismissal in April of this year. He had served as special teams coach under Petrino before leaving for the head coaching position at Weber State, but he returned to guide the Arkansas program before ever coaching a Wildcats game.

The Razorbacks return to conference play this Saturday when they travel to College Station to take on the Texas A&M Aggies. Both teams are looking for their first SEC win of 2012.

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John L. Smith's Arkansas Contract Only A 10-Month Deal, According To Report

The Arkansas Razorbacks will soon announce former Michigan State and Louisville head coach John L. Smith as their 2012 interim, the Associated Press reported. Pat Forde now confirms the report, adding a note about the length of Smith's term that runs contrary to previous reports, which had the next Hogs boss being named a non-interim:

Heavy speculation over the past week was that Arkansas would hire an interim coach for the 2012 season and then work on a long-term replacement for fired Bobby Petrino. Smith is not an interim coach in title, but has a 10-month contract and a long-term search is expected after the season.

Smith left Arkansas as special teams coach just months ago to take over the head coaching job at Weber State, his alma mater. If Arkansas was hoping to switch up the reputation it got by swiping Bobby Petrino away from another job ... this won't do it. While even a temporary head coaching job in the SEC surpasses just about any non-FBS job, this is still quite a surprising move all around.

Just about Arkansas' entire coaching staff is familiar with Smith, and his hire will enable coordinators to focus on coordinatin', but this is a name nobody predicted.

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

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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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