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Smith introduced as new Arkansas coach

 

FAYETTEVILLE, AR (AP) - New Arkansas coach John L. Smith says he couldn't pass up the opportunity to guide a team he helped mold, one without a leader since Bobby Petrino's firing.

The Razorbacks introduced Smith as their new coach Tuesday after three weeks of turmoil surrounding Petrino's affair.

The 63-year-old Smith, who was an assistant for Arkansas the last three seasons under Petrino, returns after leaving the school in December to become the head coach at Weber State.

Smith has a 132-86 record in 18 seasons as a head coach, also including stops at Michigan State, Louisville, Idaho and Utah State.

He signed a 10-month, $850,000 contract with Arkansas.

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 John L. Smith Coaching History

April 2012 - Pres. Arkansas (Head Coach)
Dec. 2011 - April 2012 Weber State (Head Coach)
2009 - Dec. 2011
Arkansas (Special Teams Coor./Outside Linebackers)
2003-06 Michigan State (Head Coach)
1998-2002 Louisville (Head Coach)
1995-97 Utah State (Head Coach)
1989-94 Idaho (Head Coach)
1987-88 
Washington State (Asst. Head Coach/Defensive Coordinator)
1986 Wyoming (Asst. Head Coach)
1982-85 Idaho (Asst. Head Coach/Defensive Coordinator)
1977-81 Nevada (Defensive Coordinator)
1972-76 Montana (Assistant Coach)
1971 Weber State (Graduate Assistant)
Birthdate: Nov. 15, 1948
Family: Wife, Diana; Children; Nicholas, Kayse and Sam
Education: Bonneville HS (Idaho Falls, Idaho), 1967; Weber State, B.S. in physical education, 1971; Montana, M.S. in physical education, 1974
Bowl Games: 2011 Sugar Bowl; 2010 Liberty Bowl; 2003 Alamo Bowl; 2002 GMAC Bowl; 2001 Liberty Bowl; 2000 Liberty Bowl; 1999 Humanitarian Bowl; 1998 Motor City Bowl; 1997 Humanitarian Bowl

  

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