Arkansas Football: John L. Smith could be fired soon

September 24, 2012 – 1:20 am by Ryan Phillips

Hey remember way back at the beginning of the college football season when the Arkansas Razorbacks were the No. 8 ranked team in the nation? Well, that long ago time was actually just three weeks ago. Since that time Arkansas has been an absolute disaster on the football field and it will likely cost interim head coach John L. Smith his job.

After an opening week win against Jacksonville State (an FCS school) Arkansas has gone 0-3 against FBS competition. The Razorbacks have now lost consecutive home games to Louisiana-Monroe (34-31 in overtime), Alabama (52-0) and Rutgers (35-26). That puts them 0-3 against FBS competition this season.

After all the drama surrounding Bobby Petrino this offseason, Arkansas athletic director Jeff Long probably doesn’t want to fire Smith during the season, but at this rate he may not have a choice. After all, against Rutgers this past weekend, the Razorbacks had starting quarterback Tyler Wilson back in the lineup and he even threw for more than 400 yards.

Right now Arkansas’ football program has no direction and is wandering aimlessly. Oh, and its head coach might be legitimately insane.

The Razorbacks still have seven games left against SEC competition, starting with back-to-back roadies against Texas A&M and Auburn. They also have to finish the season by traveling to South Carolina, Mississippi State and LSU in consecutive weeks.

After this weekend, and with the schedule coming up, Arkansas has to make a change. Smith isn’t getting the job done and the Razorbacks have been an absolute disaster on the field. It is time to move on, salvage what is left of this season and go hunting for a permanent solution starting in December.

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  1. 8 Responses to “Arkansas Football: John L. Smith could be fired soon”

  2. They knew this was going to be a one-season deal when they signed him. I’d be surprised if they don’t just keep him around while trying to line up Butch Davis for the hire in December. If they were to bring in an assistant to run the team and he did a good job, they’d have that issue to deal with. Plus, I doubt with the schedule ahead of them that anyone would do any better. You know they can’t do worse.

    By MJenks on Sep 24, 2012

  3. Maybe John L. and Gene Chizek can share gas money while they ride around looking for new jobs.

    By Randy on Sep 24, 2012

  4. John L Smith is an absolute embarrassment!
    He needs to go!

    By Catherine on Sep 24, 2012

  5. the talent is still there for the team but the play calling is just bad. When everyone finds out that all you have to do is pass against ark. the only other possible win will be ken.

    By dwain donner on Sep 24, 2012

  6. Its gone on for to long now. The Razorbacks need to think about how this season is going to affect the talent pool for next year’s recruits. We have licked our wounds, now we need to take care of this. And if Jeff Long can’t see this has to be done, maybe he needs to go to. WPS

    By Bryan on Sep 24, 2012

  7. Smith is worthless and the defense coach is even more of a basket case, he can even coach from sidelines he hides in his pigeon box. All arkansas is a money drain. Long, Smith and the whole dam bounch need to go. See you in another 10 years, a big joke.

    By TED on Sep 24, 2012

  8. John L. Smith doesn’t even know where he is coaching. At today Little Rock Touchdown Club lunch, which Smith addressed, he stated, “It’s our program, it’s a state of Alabama program” No wonder Arkansas is a Train Wreck. Smith doesn’t even know what Team or State he is suppose to be coaching.

    By Bob on Sep 24, 2012

  9. why don’t people get it. there is only one person to put ark back where it was. bobby petrino. he has apologized, so forgive and rehire him. hde alone took two star athletes and made a championship potential team. all of these other names are jack crowe and danny ford all over again. 15 years to rebuild fans if you don’t help us.

    By phil on Sep 25, 2012

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