Razorback special teams coach John L. Smith named new Weber State head coach

OGDEN, Utah (AP) - Weber State has hired former Louisville and

Michigan State coach John L. Smith as its new football coach.

School officials confirm Smith will be introduced at a news

conference Tuesday.

The 63-year-old Smith is a former Wildcat player who has had

stints as a head coach at Idaho, Utah State, Louisville and

Michigan State. He has been special teams coach at Arkansas since


He replaces Ron McBride, who announced his retirement in

November after seven seasons in charge at Weber State.

Smith has a career record of 132-86 as a head coach.

He played linebacker and quarterback at Weber State from

1968-1970 and started his coaching career there in 1971 as a

graduate assistant.

Weber State, an FCS school, finished 5-6 this season but won its

final two games.