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THE NEW HEAD HOG: The Good, the Bad and the UglyPosted Friday, August 17, 2012, at 9:14 AM
Photo credit: Associated Press
40-year football veteran John L. Smith won the job vacated by Petrino, but did Arkansas Athletic Director Jeff Long make the best possible choice to lead the Hogs?
John L. Smith's Head Coaching Credentials :
By the Numbers:
John L. Smith's overall record 132-86 with a win percent of .606
Smith's record in home games: 77-35 with a win percent of .688
Smith's record in away games 55-51 with a win percent of .519
MICHIGAN STATE: 22-26 overall record with a win percent of . 458
2003: 8-5 -- Lost to Louisiana Tech at home 20-19; Bowl Game (loss)
2004: 5-7 -- No bowl
2005: 5-6 -- No bowl
2006: 4-8 -- No bowl
*Smith was a combined 0-8 against Ohio State and Michigan during his tenure at Michigan State.
LOUISVILLE: 41-21 overall record with a win percent of .661
1998: 7-5 -- No bowl
1999: 7-5 -- Lost at Army; No bowl
2000: 9-3 -- Bowl game (loss)
2001: 11-2 -- Bowl game (win)
2002: 7-6 -- Bowl game (loss)
UTAH STATE: 1995-97 -- 16-18 overall record with a win percent of .471
IDAHO: 1989-94 -- 53-21 overall record with a win percent of .716
Did Long consider Smith only a temporary fix, reflected by a short contract, and how will that affect the head coach search at season's end? Smith signed a 10-month contract to be the head Hog, so this begs the question what happens if John L. Smith wins at Arkansas?
What if he reaches a BCS bowl game? Do you reward him with the head coaching job and a long-term contract? Do you let him go and begin the search for a high-profile/elite head coach?
The outcome of the Hogs' upcoming season will help answer all these questions, but the most glaring remains: Can Arkansas win with John L. Smith?
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