OT: Arkansas to hire John L. Smith
Your response is so perfect here and I know it doesn't even express how happy you really are about this hire.
I don't know about the people making the hire [in Fayetteville], but in general people in Arkansas (i.e., my brother, a newspaper photographer who knows a lot of people) think the Razorbacks have a very good team coming back this year, capable of challenging for an SEC title.
I wonder if the rest of the staff will stay, especially Taver Johnson and the other Ohio escapee who came with him -- if they do, then maybe they can hold the team together for a year.
Razorback fans are some of the most rabid fans in the country. My family lives down there now and all they have in that state is Arkansas football. That's what makes it all the more hilarious that they'd hire John L.
I'm sitting here trying to figure out how to embed the slap GIF down thread into an e-mail to my brother...
PS: Note that my brother doesn't always say the Hogs are going to be good -- he is usually pessimistic.
Funny - I honestly came on to post the exact same thing. Oh well, you're not going to ruin my party.
His name is my name too.
Whenever we go out,
The people always shout,
There goes John Jacob Jingleheimer Schmidt.
Dah dah dah dah, dah dah dah
Sorry, that's what immediately came to mind when I heard his name.
damn you.. now that song is in my head.. gah!
Wow, so Arkansas is just throwing in the towel or what?
this is real... I thought it was a news story from The Onion.
Arkansas is still playing their butts off... but the coaches are letting them down.
Along with everyone else I enjoyed a good laugh when I heard about John L becoming Head Coach at Arkansas. Guffaws aside, what was the Arkansas AD supposed to do? You can't get a top notch coach in April. You're stuck with what you have. John L was on the staff, knows the coaches and players, has been a Head Coach and can handle the media (though how well I wonder). The coordinators can continue to coordinate, Arkansas gets through the season and then hires a long term solution.
Bonus: John L may slap his QB at a post game presser.
You serious Clark?
I haven't logged in to comment in a while but I did just now to +1 you for that. Well done, sir.
Wow! Thought it was a late April Fools joke...If I was a Razorback I would be so mad right now.
Did they just throw a dart at a map and it landed on East Lansing? Thefefore they decided to hire the last coach in East Lansing?
John L just got a head coach gig at weber state?
Twitter reporting again?
That he was only there since December. Weber St. to Arkansas, seems like a lateral move to me.
Anybody else smell desperation? This doesnt even seem right
Confirmed. Link. At least by the AP, so it would seem legit.
ohhh boy, I thought their OC would get the job.
I wonder if he will have his star QB recruit covering kickoffs again? That was a brilliant strategy in my opinion.
Forever burning in your brain?
Haha, you know it.
Still, I think the better strategy was to completely abandon the run when you have a 17 point lead in the 4th quarter during a monsoon of a rainstorm.
What? How is bringing John L. Smith in for one year a better option than letting Taver Johnson keep the job on an interim basis?
Just because this isn't as *bad* as it sounds doesn't mean that it isn't as *funny* as it sounds. Because this is DAMN funny.
And I'm sure there will be even more in East Lansing, so it's not even Spartan bashing...I'm not sure it's a horrible move. He wasn't horrible at Louisville, and how many coaches are out there that will take a job at this date on an interim basis? As long as John L. is just using it to spring board into being a candidate to a lower job, and Arkansas is making sure he's just an interim, no matter how well they do with all that talent, and don't turn it into a "he won X games let's give him the full time gig" it's not a bad band aid on a bad situation. I mean, the only guy they could get to leave their team at this late a date to take over the Razorback program currently is.....the guy they just fired.
Louisville competed in Conference USA when Smith was their coach. And he only had 2 good seasons while he was there. He was an absolute train wreck at MSU. I don't see how he's capable of being anything other than a sub-par coach in the SEC. Taver Johnson is an up-and-comer and would have stood a better chance of holding the team together than an old dude who failed miserably in his last head coaching gig.
I think you're staying away from assistants because you want to make a clean break and not have a team rally and say "keep this guy around, we love him" because A) they should be pretty good regardless, so it might not be an accurate reflection and B) they don't want anyone who was associated with a guy who's on strike 3 taking over the program. Now, if they cave and keep John L. at the end of the season, well, nevermind.
Arkansas is fucked
Good LLLLuck with that!!
This isn't stupid - you can't hire a real coach in April, they all have jobs.
John L was already on the Arkansas staff, he has head-coaching experience at 2 BCS level schools, and has lead them to bowl games.
He's also coached this exact offensive scheme.
It's about the best they could do in the situation.
Technically he was no longer on staff. He left in the off-season to take over Weber State.
I do agree that this isn't necessarily a stupid move. It saves them from having to pick Paul Petrino (akward) or a defensive coach as HC.
Its still kind of funny though, don't ya think?
Stipulated. It still implies that at some point, they hired a guy that is most famous for slapping himself at a press conference. And had him on the same staff as Bobby Petrino.
...and John was available (as many former coaches are in April), because after all, "That's a dang coaching mistake...". It is a one year appointment per the AP article, so at least Razorback nation had no intention of being "LOLHog" on a long-term basis. I imagine the list of potential permanent replacements (and I bet they are working on it now) is a good list at Arkansas though.
Is it just me or does JLS and Gerg seem like a match made in heaven? After watching that clip, I think someone needs a furry little stuffed Hog to cuddle with and serve as a motivational tool
It's a one year move. They'll back the money-truck up on Malzahn in the off-season.
It seems like he is getting the "interim" tag.
Hopefully Little Rock radio can borrow Valenti for a year.
I think we could be a little more generous and let Little Rock radio have Valenti forever.
There's really not much you can do, but point and laugh, right?
I literally burst out laughing when I read this.
Maybe he'll slap himself with the other hand now?
...if his contract includes a rider.
there must be another John L. Smith in the coaching profession. Good luck to him, though. I rather liked him at MSU.
he was the new head coach of Weber State? He also contacted Arkansas on his own.
it just might work.
Either way, it'll be entertaining. Good to have you back, John L.
I see the punchline, but where's the joke? Seriously, I thought he was going to be stuck in FCS forever.
Herp Derp. Quick look at his wikipedia page. LINK
a home and home with Arkansas within the next 5 years.
This makes no sense whatsoever on so many different levels. You can't tell me that there aren't at least 20 better candidates who would drop everything to coach at Arkansas. Somewhere there's a young coach at some minor school who's just waiting for his opportunity to kick serious ass at a BCS-level program with a recruiting base to kill for and facilities that would make whatever he's had to work with pale in comparison. A 39-year old guy with a funny German name got his chance a bunch of years ago, and he showed that Don Canham was a genius when it came to hiring coaches. It boggles my mind when a program like Arkansas goes with an over-the-hill retread like John L.
Not in late April. And not as an interim coach. You get a guy who would leave his team at this point of the season, and you basically get a guy like the one you just had to fire.
Why make a bad situation worse? Is there anything that John L. Smith could do that the Offensive Coordinator couldn't do for one lousy season at presumably half the price?
The fan meltdown and all of the LSU/'Bama rofling over at ESPN right now is another distraction the Razorbacks team could do without. Speaking of distract.....Hey, look, Dabo Swinney is still the HC at Clemson!
I'm going to guess that naming anyone named Petrino head coach was a non-starter. So to keep him and the rest of the staff, they're bringing back Smith.
This isn't the best thing they could have done, but I don't think it necessarily makes things worse. Those LSU and Tide fans may not be altogether pleased with the end result if the Arkansas staff stays together and Smith doesn't mess with the status quo.
We should have been in in the national contender picture with this hire. The AD hired me, he shouldn't have hired me! That's a dang athletic director mistake! The coaches are at the program coaching their tails off, and the athletic director is out there screwing it up!
People realize the big ten has been flipping horrible the last seven years. State plays the same and the rest of the teams improve, except Minnesota. State slips back into terrible outcomes, because lets be honest they have been playing poorly coached teams (yes Rich Rod you sucked at coaching). John L goes to Minnesota and beats MSU 3 straight. Dicktonio is termed for sucking and being dirty while still losing. John L is rehired at State and they never beat us again. Thanks Arkansas!
Stick a fork in them brothers. They're done.
There is a rumor that there have been offers extended to Teddy Ruxpin and H.R. Pufnstuf for positions as offensive and defensive coordinators.
Arkansas fans think hell be okay and let the staff do everythng...... HAHAHAH. Better find the link to Fayettevilles police scanner for September.
screw this up so badly? Since they couldn't get a big name (or any good HC) to take the job now, they were committed to a search next year. Bringing back JLS sends the message to the current staff that none of them will get the permanent job. How is that for a motivator? They should have elevated an existing assistant to interim HC-that might at least create some motivation for the existing team and assistants. Then Long tops off his mistake by bringing Smith in-a has been short-timer. The only winner is Smith, who gets to fatten his retirement fund.
Wow, if John L. Smith can get hired as a head coach again, then there is redemption for all of us.
This is hilarious!!
but not from JLS's.
While he was Petrino's special teams coach for three years and Petrino had been his assistant at Lville, JLS had just taken a long-term HC gig at Weber State...his ALMA MATER. So he's leaving his alma mater to get a one-year interim gig at Arkansas, one he's likely going to caretake for a year until they get a real coach.
Why would JLS do this...?
Oh, he's JLS.
they were better off keeping Evel Knievel
he's one hell of a talent evaluator.
Arkansas special teams coach John L. Smith has no doubts about Ryan Mallett's ability to be a college punter. "If he were not a quarterback and could spend more time working at it, he could probably be a heck of a punter, maybe even punt at the next level," Smith said.
Oh, Arkansas. Everyone needs to learn a lesson sometime.
at least they know he'll slap himself and not the behinds of his female employees!
Would it be wrong to hope for a major Saban scandal to develop over the next few months? I like the sound of Interim head coach Bobby Williams and his Crimson Tide in Dallas...
Some jokes just write themselves...
but I hope JLS has a decent season at Arkie.
Would have been a better hire. If you are going to hire States garbage, at least get it while it is still fresh.
Dantonio's a better coach than John L? You're a genius.