When John L. Smith left Louisville to take over at Michigan State, the Cardinals hired Bobby Petrino to take his place. Arkansas has decided -- that for 2012 at least -- turn about is fair play.
Smith was given a 10-month contract worth $850,000 to guide the Razorbacks through the upcoming season, giving the program a sense of continuity while also providing Smith with a chance to win the job permanently. Smith has been the special teams coach at Arkansas for the past three seasons. He had recently taken the head coaching position at his alma mater, Weber State, and leaves before coaching a game.
The hiring makes sense for the program and is another sharp move by Razorback Athletics Director Jeff Long, who gained
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