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Arkansas Hires John Smith as Football Coach to Replace Petrino

The University of Arkansas hired John L. Smith as its football coach to replace Bobby Petrino, who was fired two weeks ago.

Smith, 63, is entering his 40th year of coaching and has a 132-86 record in 18 seasons as a head coach at Weber State, Michigan State, Louisville, Utah State and Idaho. He agreed to a 10-month contract worth $850,000 and will be introduced at an on-campus news conference today in Fayetteville, Arkansas, the school said in a press release.

“Coach Smith brings a wealth of football knowledge, BCS conference head coaching experience, passion for the game and a close familiarity with the current team and coaching staff,” Athletics Director Jeff Long said.

Smith was the Razorbacks’ special teams coordinator and outside linebackers coach for the 2009-11 seasons before leaving for Weber State.

Petrino was fired by Arkansas after he was injured in a motorcycle accident and then covered up the fact that a female football staff member also was on the bike. Petrino had a 34-17 record in four seasons at Arkansas.

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