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John L. Smith out as Arkansas coach

By Tom Fornelli | Staff Writer
John L. Smith went 4-8 in his only season at Arkansas. (US Presswire)

For the second time in less than eight months, Arkansas will be looking for a new head football coach.

In a move that was expected for some time, Arkansas athletic director Jeff Long announced Saturday that John L. Smith would not be returning as the Razorbacks' head coach next season.

"I have great respect for coach Smith, and I thank him for the sincere commitment he has shown our program," said Long in a statement. "He made a difficult decision in uncertain times to return from his alma mater to guide the young men in our football program, and I will always be grateful for his efforts."

Smith was hired to replace Bobby Petrino in April and signed a 10-month contract. Smith had been hired to coach at Weber State, his alma mater, in December 2011 but left the program without ever coaching a game to take the job at Arkansas.

Smith's one season in charge of the Razorbacks was disastrous. Before the Petrino fiasco, Arkansas had been considered a serious contender in the SEC West. Instead, the Razorbacks went 4-8 and lost to teams like Louisiana-Monroe and Rutgers at home. The only teams that Arkansas beat under Smith were Jacksonville State, Auburn, Kentucky and Tulsa. The eight losses equaled a school record.

Arkansas is expected to name a replacement for Smith within 10 days.

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