I laughed my ass off the first 30 seconds! What a guy.
Remember when we were arguing with Rutgers bloggers about which athletic director was worse?
he is crazy, isn't he.
So far it is: Alabama 108 Opponents 14
Your welcome Opponents.
God, he is so weird.
He and MSU were a perfect match for each other. They should have never split up.
I was just thinking the same thing! MSU is a goofy program and he is a goofy guy. It was a match made in heaven.
While I loved having JLS at MSU, and saw it as a solid match, it's best that they split up. Arkansas is his soulmate, and far be it from us to get in the way of true love:
Thought I would never miss another coach as much as I missed John Cooper.
What was that?! The first 30 seconds was just painful to watch...
was Arkansas THINKING!?! That guy is a clown.
Do you not know what happened with Bobby Petrino this off season? They really didn't have much of a choice in going with John L. Smith.
bear in mind I'm not aware of their OC/DC situation, but either would've been preferable. Give them the "head coach" tag, 2 year contract, and if it didn't work out, can them and start a search.
You have a semblance of continuity internally, and avoid bringing in the biggest ass-clown in coaching short of Billy Gillespie.
On 2nd thought, JLS probably trumps Gillespie.
...at a press conference one time. I think it was Drew Stanton. Then I think he slapped himself.
Except the QB he slapped was Jeff Smoker.
is Paul Petrino.
Hiring Bobby's brother maybe wouldn't have been ideal, under the circumstances.
Paul Haynes is the DC. He has no head coaching experience as far as I know and they just hired him for this season (he coached in their bowl game last year) but now that I think about it, maybe he's why they thought of JLS in the first place? He coached for him at MSU, and again at Louisville.
should have been the guy. He would've been the same price for 2 years as JLS for 1, without the ridiculousness.
The NCAA has a rule saying that no school shall ever be forced to hire John L. Smith.
but your point is noted...
in West Virginia.
Well at least that is what we used to think while kayaking on the Shenandoah ...
The only thing that I could think during those painfully awkward and uncomfortable opening seconds of this presser is that, as was the case in the past, the haloperidol is not working for John L. Smith and they need to try something different.
I think the next logical step, at the next presser, is for Smith to go "gangnam style" in response to a question.
He looks and sounds like a man who understands his place in the universe.
My one dog looked at my iPad befuddled the first 30 seconds or so, even he thinks John L is missing something upstairs.
They have a sixth sense that way.
I'm glad he's back in coaching. College football needs more weird coaches like him. There are too many Saban wannabes.
Brian tweeted this during (or just after) the U L-M v. Arkansas game:
LOL! Still very true. XD
It's a very strange mixture of amusing and frightening.
He is just too weird...makes everyone in the room uncomfortable.
He was like a Sparty fan incarnate as a Head Coach. He wasn't perfect for winning, but he was perfect for the fanbase.
At MSU or Arkansas? I don't know anyone at MSU that likes/liked him. The couple of people I talk to (family) wanted him gone a good year or two before the school decided to boot him.
lol, I miss beating up on him.
Oh wait, he's still coaching and we can still beat up on him!!
when you need one
It's hard to imagine how that guy walks into a room with an AD for an interview and then gets hired for anything, let alone a head-coaching job. He is just so wierd. And yet it has happened over and over again.
Anyone else immediately think John L. Smith fell into a vat of green acid and came back as the Joker? (embed fail)
Uh-oh, the press don't look happy. Looks like they have been using Brand X. But with new John L. Smith brand, I get a grin, again and again...
Arkansas football 2012. Feel the excitement!
to root for Rutgers, this is it. His postgame presser following a loss to RU would be EPIC
Wow. That guy is crazy. Why couldn't msu keep him. Lol
Miss you JLS!!! XOXOXO!!!
makes large money while the guy painting my house is more equable and bright, let alone that AK hires him. Strange and often stupid planet, no?
I laughed out loud, but didn't understand at all what was going on during that first thirty seconds. Then I started over two more times and had the same reaction both times.
I really want to know how he gets hired. I guess it has to be terrible decisions by ADs combined with extraordinary interview skills. But man, there are terrible decisions, and then there are terribler decisions.
Awful to look at but I couldn't look away.
My guess is that when Petrino was fired they looked to their current staff for suggestions. Both coordinators were new hires, one is Petrino's brother, the other is Paul Haynes from OSU.
Haynes was John L.'s secondary coach for three years at Louisville and MSU. Maybe he gave a strong rec?
And of course Smith had been a Petrino assistant at Arkansas for a year (and wasn't Petrino Smith's assistant at one time?). He may well have been the only person associated in any way with the staff who'd ever been a head coach at any level.
I admire John L for taking this gig. He knew it was a temp. gig, knew it was a train wreck because of how big of a scumbag Petrino is, and he is just trying to buy Arkansas time to find their permanent coach.
And his attitude in this video is admirable. After the worst heating of your life, he's telling the reporters of all people to chin up. Love coaches like that.
Petrino is a scumbag, but why was the Arkansas job a train wreck? They were in the preseason top 10.