The Kansas State Wildcats have lost two assistants in 7 days. Ouch.
Michael Smith, Kansas State receivers coach, will be the new Arkansas Razorbacks receivers coach. This happened only four days after former defensive ends coach Joe Bob Clements took a job with Oklahoma State.
Both assistants were former Kansas State players and neither move was expected going into the off-season.
The thing that stings most about Smith leaving? He is an excellent recruiter and someone else will have to pick up the slack for the Wildcats.
“During my two seasons at Kansas State, I learned that Michael Smith is one of the masters of the fundamentals of the game,” Razorbacks Coach Bret Bielema said in a statement. “As a player, he was part of building the foundation at Kansas State and as a coach he played an instrumental part in one of the greatest turnarounds for a program in the history of college football. He has a proven track record of leading his student-athletes to reach their full potential. He is also a tremendous recruiter who has very strong ties in his hometown of New Orleans.”
The Wildcats will need to bring in a coach who can keep the receivers at the elite level they have been playing at the last couple years, while also being a coach who doesn’t mind hitting the road on recruiting trips. It could help if that coach even enjoys recruiting as much as Smith apparently did. Let’s see if the Wildcats can pick up the pieces here.