Arkansas hires John L. Smith

Arkansas has hired former assistant John L. Smith as its new interim head coach to replace Bobby Petrino for the 2012 season, according to the Associated Press.

Smith, who was the team's special teams coordinator/outside linebackers coach before leaving the Razorbacks after last season to become the head coach at Weber State, is returning for one year only, according to the AP.

The former head coach at Michigan State and Louisville will replace Petrino, who was fired earlier this month after his affair with a woman he hired as his assistant was revealed following a motorcycle crash.

Coincidentally, Smith will replace Petrino at Arkansas after Petrino replaced Smith at Louisville.

It will be interesting to hear Smith's rationale for taking this job on an interim basis and leaving Weber State, which is his alma mater. Does he think putting together a strong 2012 campaign with a veteran team could sway athletic director Jeff Long into giving him the full-time gig after the season once his 10-month contract is up?

Despite the drama this offseason in Fayetteville, the Hogs are arguably a Top 10 team with SEC West rivals LSU and Alabama traveling to Arkansas this fall.

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