There is the old saying that a man is only as good as his word. Well, if thats the case, there is nothing good about John L. Smith. After accepting the head coaching job at Weber State, he came on the show and spoke about how thrilled he was to be the head man at his alma mater and how it would be the final stop in his coaching career. Instead, the L in his name should stand for liar over anything else.
Fast forward four months to know where he just jumped ship to return to Arkansas where he will have the chance this season to coach two Heisman Trophy candidates and possibly contend for a BCS National Championship. At the forefront of the discusion, you can't blame him right? Well, before you fall into the trap of the national media and hear about how great of a move this is for Arkansas consider the fact that Smith will be making over 6 times what he signed on for at Weber State this year and that HE was the one that actually approached the Arkansas administration to say he was interested in the job.
After swinging and missing at high profile names to come grab the job, Arkansas was pleased that Smith was interested and made it a done deal as of today. As I said on the show yesterday, all I hope for is that someone asks him today how he feels about the way he left his alma mater that was so excited about bringing him on and what they are going to do now. One could argue that John L. Smith does not owe anything to Weber State, but with all of the moving around that coaches do in this day and age, you would think that if one thing was a sure bet, it would be that a coach in his 60's could return to his alma mater and stay there to end his career. Apparently, we were all fooled.
We will be sure to see John L. Smith plenty on television this fall as his team is sure to be successful, but I'm curious as to what is going to happen to Weber State now. Bobby Petrino anyone?