Posted: April 24, 2012 in Uncategorized


Arkansas will officially introduce John L. Smith as its head coach for the 2012 season at a 2 p.m. local time press conference Tuesday afternoon.

Ahead of that press conference, the man Smith will be replacing has added his two copper Lincolns on the development.

In a statement released through his agent to local media outlets Monday night, Bobby Petrino applauded the move made by his former school, noting Smith’s previous experience as a head coach that gave his former assistant — and former boss — an edge over what the deposed UA head coach described as “several outstanding internal candidates”.

I think Jeff Long made a great hire,” Petrino’s statement, referring to UA’s athletic director. While there were several outstanding internal candidates, John L. brings a lot of head coaching experience to the table that will help Arkansas transition. He will unify the staff, the team and the…

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