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John L. Smith attends brother’s funeral

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As if John L. Smith hasn’t already had a terrible week, the Arkansas coach is currently in Idaho burying his brother, Bart, who passed away on Monday, the school announced.

“Coach John L. Smith flew to Idaho Falls last night following practice to attend the funeral of his brother (Bart) who passed away Monday. The funeral is being held this afternoon [Thursday] and Coach Smith will return to Fayetteville early this [Friday] evening,” a statement from Arkansas read.

Smith will coach Saturday’s game against Rutgers.

The news of Smith’s loss comes on the same week that it was revealed that he has just hundreds of dollars on hand as he continues to make his way through a Chapter 7 bankruptcy case.

First and foremost, our thoughts are with Smith during this difficult time. I’d also like to issue an apology for making light of Smith’s “Smile!” rant at the beginning of the week. Whether or not Smith knew of his brother’s passing at the time isn’t clear, but the two events did occur on the same day. It’s a reminder that you never really know what’s going on in someone’s life.

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3 Responses to “John L. Smith attends brother’s funeral”
  1. normtide says: Sep 21, 2012 6:43 PM

    I am very sorry for Coach’s lose. Godspeed.

    I for one also think Ben’s apology is a classy move.

  2. gfj7000 says: Sep 21, 2012 7:45 PM

    Yes – I agree with normtide’s comment above – Many prayers from the fans in the trenches should be offered up to John and his family and the team now that the QB is returning. As for John’s chapter 7 BK activities – ‘been there – done that too’. It will be a difficult time for John, so let’s hope that the team will now turn things around for him to cheer-him-up. He’ll need a lot of TLC support from his peers at Arkansas.

  3. southernpatriots says: Sep 21, 2012 7:49 PM

    Our condolences to Coach John L. and his family. An old saying, “…walk a mile in his shoes.” You never know what a person may be going through.

    Last year when Coach Les Miles’ sister died in a tragic car accident, Nick Saban and numerous other coaches SEC and other conferences telephoned and sent condolences. The University of Arkansas was one who went out of their way to communicate with LSU and Coach Miles. I understand the same is now going forth from Coach Miles and LSU to Coach John L. Smith.

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you Coach Smith and with your family.

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