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John L. employment watch hurtling toward critical mass

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Earlier this week, Arkansas’ athletic director unequivocally stated that, despite a 1-3 start to the season, John L. Smith would finish the season as the Razorbacks’ head coach.

After yet another embarrassing loss in conference play, one has to wonder how long Jeff Long will be able to cling to that noble yet short-sighted notion.

For the first time this season, UA traveled away from their friendly Fayetteville confines.  Only the venue changed, though, as it was lather-rinse-repeat for the Hogs as they were embarrassed in Alabama-like fashion by Texas A&M, a 58-10 throttling that further drove home the point that Smith is walking the Green Coaching Mile and hurtling toward a ride on the unemployment lightning.

The worst part of the day for the Razorbacks, though, wasn’t even the final score or margin of defeat or even the fact it was their fourth loss in five attempts in a season that began with a top-ten ranking and BcS title hopes.  Rather, it was a Hogs football team that walked, looked, acted like a squad that has completely and totally given up on their soon-to-be-former head coach.

UA actually took a three-point lead into the second quarter in College Station, then proceeded to do what quarterback Tyler Wilson accused his teammates of doing during the course of the 52-0 debacle against Alabama two weeks ago: quit.  Flat gave up in giving up 51 straight points to the Aggies, giving up over 700 yards of total offense.

It’s one thing to lose.  It’s one thing to lose your head coach to an offseason sex scandal.  It’s another animal entirely to get embarrassed while simultaneously quitting on the disgraced head coach’s replacement.

So, would replacing a 10-month rental with an interim head coach for the remainder of the season even remotely turn things around for the Hogs?  Maybe not, but, with John L. on the sidelines, the prospect of things getting much, much worse in this train-wreck of a season are very much real.

For that and that alone, UA should pull the trigger now and put its fan base and its football players out of their collective misery.

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12 Responses to “John L. employment watch hurtling toward critical mass”
  1. normtide says: Sep 29, 2012 5:06 PM

    I have to agree, something has to be done or Long will start feeling heat. Smith is the stark opposite of Petrino’s control freak, attention to detail style. If the players are quitting on threes coach 5 games in, it can only get worse.

  2. mydixienormus says: Sep 29, 2012 5:21 PM

    So much for the dominant SEC…

    Arkansas: Welcome to the lower level of the SEC. Say hi to Vandy, Kentucky and the MS Community Colleges while in the area.

    Just above that lower level you can find the average schools of TN, Missouri, TX A&M, Auburn, Florida and South Carolina.

    I’ll give the SEC props that their top schools are wicked, but the middle of the SEC is no better than the middle of any other conference.

    Suck on that knuckle draggers!

  3. mydixienormus says: Sep 29, 2012 5:25 PM

    I found this video of some SEC fans. Enjoy.

  4. jimbo75025 says: Sep 29, 2012 6:14 PM

    mydixienormus says:Sep 29, 2012 5:21 PM
    Just above that lower level you can find the average schools of TN, Missouri, TX A&M, Auburn, Florida and South Carolina.

    I’ll give the SEC props that their top schools are wicked, but the middle of the SEC is no better than the middle of any other conference.
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    So by my count the “middle” SEC schools have won 4 BCS titles in the last 15 years. Please name another conference where this is the case?

  5. choochoorider says: Sep 29, 2012 6:48 PM

    Nice username mydixienormous!!! With a username like that, we know exactly the mental capacity everyone is dealing with when reading one of your posts. You freaking idiot.

  6. mydixienormus says: Sep 29, 2012 7:04 PM

    Jimbo,
    I’m talking this year, not the past 15.
    Florida had the gift of Tim Tebow and Auburn had Cam Newton. They are back to reality now. Florida looks ok so far but it won’t last.

  7. jimbo75025 says: Sep 29, 2012 7:20 PM

    mydixienormus says:Sep 29, 2012 7:04 PM

    Jimbo,
    I’m talking this year, not the past 15.
    Florida had the gift of Tim Tebow and Auburn had Cam Newton. They are back to reality now. Florida looks ok so far but it won’t last.
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    I seem to remember you-aren’t you the guy who lives in the South by his own choice but insists upon denigrating anything and everything below the Mason-Dixon line?

  8. steeler1nation says: Sep 29, 2012 8:01 PM

    Fire Obama.

  9. bw1980 says: Sep 30, 2012 3:08 AM

    choochoorider says:Sep 29, 2012 6:48 PM

    Nice username mydixienormous!!! With a username like that, we know exactly the mental capacity everyone is dealing with when reading one of your posts. You freaking idiot.
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    True but it is pretty clever. I’ll give the dope credit for crude creativity.

  10. gorilladunk says: Sep 30, 2012 9:47 AM

    Either Bobby Petrino is the greatest coach ever (which he’s not) or Arkansas was WAYYY! overrated. They stink to high holy heavens.

  11. bw1980 says: Sep 30, 2012 11:46 AM

    You may be right but Bobby Petrino is a good college football coach.

  12. dmvtransplant says: Sep 30, 2012 4:36 PM

    I’ve been told since I was a kid that football is huge in the South. If that’s true then why isn’t Smith’s house been put to fire yet? Or the AD been asked to resign?

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