Travis Swanson wasn't sure what to expect from John L. Smith.
The Arkansas center sat in the Broyles Center meeting room on April 23 with the rest of his teammates, already aware that Smith had been hired to replace Bobby Petrino as head coach.
Swanson had seen Smith, who had served as an assistant coach for the past three seasons before leaving four months earlier to become head coach at Weber State, when filing into the meeting room. He knew that Smith was the guy right to replace Petrino, but Swanson was unsure how Smith would act as the guy in charge.
''Hey, hey. Sit up. Here he comes,'' Swanson said to nearby teammates.
Smith walked to the front of the room, his best poker face in play. After weeks of scandalous revelations about Petrino and questions from friends and family, Swanson was sucked into the look of seriousness on Smith's face.
''Gentlemen,'' Smith's high-pitched voice carried throughout the room, a reassuring grin spreading across his face.
Swanson let out an...