New Arkansas coach expected to be hired within next 10 days

Arkansas is expected to have a new coach in place within the next 10 days, has learned.

AD Jeff Long had said previously he would like to have a new coach hired by mid-December.

The school announced Saturday morning that, if he chooses, John L. Smith can remain as a consultant through the term of his contract to Feb. 23. The school added that Smith will be reassigned to assist with the transition once the new coach is hired. Arkansas assistants have the option to remain pending the hiring of the new coach.

Smith signed a 10-month, $850,000 contract when he was named to replace Bobby Petrino in April. The Hogs completed their season with a 20-13 loss to LSU on Friday. Rated in the top 10 in the preseason, Arkansas finished 4-8 to equal the school record for losses in a season.

CBS Sports Senior Writer

Dennis Dodd has covered college football for CBS Sports since it was CBS SportsLine in 1998. He is one of only seven media members to attend all 16 BCS title games and has chronicled conference realignment... Full Bio

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