Former Arkansas head coach John L. Smith’s coaching career may be coming to an end. The coach of the Razorbacks for the 2012 season (4-8, 2-6 SEC) has been fired by Division 2 school Kentucky State. Smith went 7-24 in three seasons at Kentucky State, including 0-10 in 2018.
“I want to thank Coach Smith for bringing his time, talents and his dedication to the Hill and the football student-athletes at Kentucky State University and for his sincere commitment to higher education and ‘Life in the Balance,’” Kentucky State University Director of Athletics Etienne M. Thomas said in the announcement. “I have enjoyed the brief time we have served together at Kentucky State and pray for all God’s blessings for he and his family in this next chapter.”
In 2009, after two years of broadcasting, Smith returned to college coaching as the special teams coach at Arkansas under Bobby Petrino from 2009-11. After Petrino’s scandalous departure ahead of the 2012 season, Smith was made the head coach, signing a 10-month deal to serve as an interim head coach (without the actual title of interim head coach).
Smith’s coaching tree includes Petrino, who served as an assistant at Louisville under Smith, and former Florida coach Jim McElwain, now at Central Michigan.