Weber State football coach John L. Smith to be named interim Arkansas coach

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  • worf Mcallen, TX
    April 24, 2012 2:58 p.m.

    Just like some politicians! A mans word is no good.

  • PAC12Fan South Jordan, UT
    April 24, 2012 12:24 p.m.

    I feel bad for WSU, their fans, the school and their recruiting base. Weber should sue John L. Smith and/or University of Arkansas. This just left this school with a huge gaping hole to fill with only a few months left to go before football starts.

    John L. won't be there very long if he loses two or more games. The "L" in John L. Smith better not stand for losses or he'll be back here in a year begging for his job. To stab your alma matter in the heart is cold. This will solidify his legacy.

  • DRay Roy, UT
    April 24, 2012 11:26 a.m.

    WSU should have learned long ago, (reference BB Coach Larry Farmer), that famous does not equate to great in coaching, esp. if the famous coach is "settling" for WSU. Hopefully WSU will not hire him again if the interim thing doesn't work out at Arkansas.

  • Wayne Rout El Paso, TX
    April 24, 2012 7:32 a.m.

    Weber, please, hire Bronco or Doman.

  • Veracity Morgan, UT
    April 23, 2012 8:59 p.m.

    This is great! Now they can bring back Coach Mac...the man of class...the one whom Utah ditched to get the classless Meyers...Go Coach Mac...things are looking up!

  • Ironmomo Ogden, Utah
    April 23, 2012 5:38 p.m.

    It's an easy have a 63 year old coach in the twilight of his career who can step into the headlines, make 3 times the money and have a possible shot at the natl championship.
    He left USU for the money Louisville was offering him years ago, so nothing has really changed with John L.
    I wish him the best.

  • Abeille West Haven, Utah
    April 23, 2012 4:40 p.m.

    Being a two-time graduate of Weber State, I'm sorry to see John L. Smith leave the program. I think he could have taken Weber State to the FCS championship game, if he had stayed around.

    I'm sorry to see him go, but I wish him luck. With higher profile comes higher stress and lower job security. Here's hoping Weber State can find another great coach!

  • eagle Provo, UT
    April 23, 2012 4:37 p.m.

    I also think Weber State could do better than Smith. I forgot about the groin shots. His last head coaching stint at Michigan State was less than impressive. His close ties with Petrino don't speak too well of him either. After a year or two, he'll probably wish he stayed at Weber State. Get somebody that will stay long term, there are plenty of great HS coaches and good assistant coaches on the staffs of the local schools who would be glad to have this job for a while. Let's not go for the big name that who is likely to get out the first chance he can, even before he coaches the first game.

  • RockOn Spanish Fork, UT
    April 23, 2012 4:24 p.m.

    At the International Ethics Convention a male participant asked a female participant if he gave her $1 million would she sleep with him. The lady said, "If I donated that money to feed the starving, that would be noble, so, yes." He handed her $20 and the key to his room. She was insulted and said,"what kind of a person do you think I am???" "Lady, we've already established that fact, now we're just negotiating the price."

    How does one live with oneself who does this to a football program and to the kids who trusted him. Bad form. Bad character. Even though I'm a BYU guy, I feel for the Weber program. Grossly disgusting of Smith.

  • jp3 Salt Lake City, UT
    April 23, 2012 3:45 p.m.

    Well, "classy" and "trustworthy" aren't words that will ever be said about John L. Smith. And that's his legacy--hope he's okay with that.

  • Boston Spanish Fork, UT
    April 23, 2012 3:44 p.m.

    I, for one would definitely hold honor over money. This Smith guy must be a real winner! Just think about the coaches (2 from across the country), and the players who were released from their scholarship w/o being given the chance to play.

  • JohnInSLC Cottonwood Heights, UT
    April 23, 2012 3:36 p.m.

    I was disappointed Weber hired this guy in the first place. He's the USU "coach" in the 90's who had his defensive players taking groin shots at Utah's Chris Fuamatu-Ma'afala after the whistle.

    Now we learn from the Mothership that Smith initiated the contact with Arkansas, not the other way around. Given his past relationship with the morally reprehensible Petrino, you've got to wonder. Too bad the stink remains with the Razorbacks, and flies can't resist it.

    I hope Weber makes him pay for leaving them in the lurch. Otherwise, good riddance.

  • RevK Glenwood, UT
    April 23, 2012 3:31 p.m.

    Cant hate a guy for a chance like that. Hmm, D2 Weber State, or SEC Arkansas. Pretty easy choice, and Arkansas will buy his contract out for whats pocket change to them.

  • InspectorC Wasatch Front, UT
    April 23, 2012 3:01 p.m.

    What sort of contract is Coach Smith under, with WSU??

    How can he just walk away from a contract so new the ink hasn't even dried yet???!!

  • don17 Temecula, CA
    April 23, 2012 2:32 p.m.

    I sure hope Weber State officials are demanding a 10 million dollar buy out for this loser!

  • Johnny Triumph American Fork, UT
    April 23, 2012 2:31 p.m.

    Money, money, money! Many will bash him for doing this but would any of us turn down a one year (or possibly longer), no stress guaranteed paycheck? No way, can't fault him for leaving.