The Arkansas Razorbacks have named John L. Smith their new football coach to replace the recently fired Bobby Petrino. Smith will serve on an interim basis as it is only a one-year deal.

Petrino was fired on April 10 by Arkansas athletic director Jeff Long saying the Coach "engaged in a pattern of misleading and manipulative behavior designed to deceive me and members of the athletic staff" after being involved in a motorcycle accident earlier in the month. Petrino also  hired his mistress, Jessica Dorrell, to a position within the football program. Further investigations showed that Petrino gave Dorell a "gift" of $20,ooo.

Smith has been head coach at numerous schools including Idaho, Utah State, Louisville and Michigan State.  He recently served as Special Teams Coach for Arkansas under Petrino. Overall as a Head Coach Smith has a record of 132-86, has 6 conference championships but only 1 bowl win.