Fayetteville, Ark.- Around 2 p.m. on Monday the ground swell of rumors focused on the new Arkansas Razorback head coaching search had hit a fever pitch. Leaked news proclaimed a decision had been made by Athletic Director Jeff Long but who had been hired remained unanswered.
In the hours leading up to the confirmed reports that Arkansas had named John L. Smith, the former special teams coach at Arkansas from 2009-2011 and current head coach of Weber State (since December 2011), speculation ran rampant on the internet naming up to seven different coaches that would become the next Razorback football leader.
Among the names thrown out by people in the “know” included San Francisco 49ers offensive coordinator Greg Roman, Louisville head coach Charlie Strong, Virginia Tech defensive coordinator Bud Foster, former Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Jon Gruden, Michigan State head coach Mark Dantonio, Boise State head coach Chris Petersen, and of course John L. Smith. Of the seven names dropped into the mix most Razorback fans did not believe Smith would return to lead Arkansas’ football team in 2012.
While Razorback Nation may not have been overwhelmed with joy upon hearing Smith’s name as their new head coach, according to Twitter posts current and former Arkansas Razorback players could not be happier about their new head coach.
The following is a short list of many Smith supporters:
Jake Bequette (@JakeBequette91)
Fans may feel more like former Arkansas Razorback golfer John Daly:
For now Arkansas fans must trust the decision Jeff Long has made in hiring John L. Smith as their interim head coach. Razorback Nation may need a reminder that Long is not just an athletic director he is a former college football assistant coach with stops at University of Miami, Rice, Duke, North Carolina State, and Michigan. He understands the inner workings of a college football staff and what actions are needed to ensure success.