John Smith Long’s choice to lead Hogs

10-month deal to coach Arkansas worth $850,000

Posted: April 24, 2012 at 3:40 a.m.

Arkansas assistant coach John L. Smith yells plays to his players during the Razorbacks’ game against Troy in November 2009.

Arkansas Athletic Director Jeff Long turned to a familiar face to take over a Razorbacks football program that has been without a head coach for nearly two weeks after the April 10 firing of Bobby Petrino. John L. Smith, a three-year assistant at Arkansas who left in December for the head coaching job at Weber State in Ogden, Utah, has signed a 10-month agreement to coach the Razorbacks in 2012.

Download Smith's agreement letter


  • Playing career: Weber State, quarterback, linebacker, 1968-71
  • Weber State, graduate assistant, 1971
  • Montana, assistant, 1972-76
  • Nevada, defensive coordinator, 1977-81
  • Idaho, defensive coordinator, 1982-85
  • Wyoming, defensive coordinator, 1986
  • Washington State, defensive coordinator, 1987-88
  • Idaho, head coach, 1989-94
  • Utah State, head coach, 1995-97
  • Louisville, head coach, 1998-2002
  • Michigan State, head coach, 2003-2006
  • Arkansas, special teams coordinator, 2009-11
  • Weber State, head coach, 2012

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