Found April 24, 2012 on Friends of the Program:
Our long Fayetteville nightmare is over, as Jeff Long was able to snatch a head coaching pearl from the clutches of some random school in Utah’s deft clutches and bring him home.  I’ll wait to Long’s personnel files inevitably get FOIA’d to confirm, but at this point, I’ll assume that his main qualifications for the job were that the candidate be familiar with the coaching staff, players, and overall scheme and have no ability or general idea how to use text messaging on any mobile device.  By hiring Smith, Arkansas gets the added perk that, unlike his philandering predecessor, no one wants to have sex with John L. Smith.  On to the links…
  • According to the University, Smith signed on for a 10 month contract that will pay him $850,000 plus performance incentives.  Long says that Smith reached out to him with interest in the position, which seems likely since I’d probably make a few phone calls too if I thought there was a chance someone could pay me close to a million dollars not to screw anything up.  []
  • Bobby Petrino is totally cool with this, just in case you were wondering [NWAOnline]
  • Players seem to be happy about the hire, but I can’t take any article seriously that places a tweet from Michael Smith as it’s headline.  If you’ve been out with me on Bourbon Street until 5 in the morning you should not be viewed as the lead voice of approval or disapproval in any sort of administrative decision, sorry Smitty. [Ark360]
  • Gregg Doyel endears himself to yet another fanbase by saying John L. Smith is pretty much just like Petrino, and that’s not a good thing. [CBSSports]
  • On the other hand, Dennis Dodd thinks it’s the right hire given the circumstances [CBSSports]
  • Hiring John L. Smith is the most Arkansas move ever [SBNation]
  • Weber State seems to be taking this all in stride [WeberStateSports]
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