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Yahoo: Wife helped John L. Smith make choice to leave Weber State

Published: Tuesday, April 24 2012 6:38 p.m. MDT

Our take: Opinions abound in the national media about John L. Smith's move to Arkansas after just 4 1/2 months (and no games) at Weber State. But Yahoo's Pat Forde spoke to Smith on Tuesday and found out that Smith's wife helped him understand the opportunity before him:

Smith, a 63-year-old football lifer, was racked by indecision and stress. Could he really leave his alma mater before coaching a single game? How bad would the backlash be in Odgen? How dicey would the situation be in Fayetteville?

When his wife, Diana, broke into tears, Smith's choice was clear.

"You've worked your entire life to maybe one day have an opportunity to coach a team with a chance to win a title," she told her husband. "Realize where you are in your career. You're not going to get another chance.

"This is what you're going to do: You're going to take that job."

Read the full article: Arkansas coaching opportunity was too good to for John L. Smith to turn down

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