Arkansas to Let John L. Smith Go

John L. Smith Will Not Return to Arkansas in 2013

Brett Davis-US Presswire

The Arkansas Razorbacks have decided that they will not bring head football coach John L. Smith back to lead the program for the 2013 season.

Arkansas athletic director Jeff Long released a statement on Saturday, following the Razorbacks 20-13 season ending home loss to SEC rival, the LSU Tigers in Fayetteville on Thursday afternoon explaining the decision on letting Smith go from the program.

Long met with Smith, who was serving as the team’s interim coach on Saturday and informed him that the university “would be making a change in leadership within our program.”

Within the statement Long said the following, “I have great respect for coach Smith, and I thank him for the sincere commitment he has shown our program. 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. Our new coach will be an individual who shares the passion for success our fans do, and who is willing to work relentlessly to achieve our goals.”

Despite being a top-10 ranked team in the preseason poll, Smith led the Razorbacks to very disappointing 4-8 record and a 2-6 mark in the SEC this season and are ineligible for a bowl for the first time since former head coach’s Bobby Petrino‘s initial season at Arkansas.

This latest decision by the Arkansas AD caps off a rocky season for Smith including the former-coach filing for bankruptcy in September revealing that he had amassed nearly $40.7 million in debt following bad business decisions making from deal s that he made in Kentucky.

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