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John L. Smith finds employment at Fort Lewis College

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John L. Smith‘s fate at Arkansas was sealed in September when the Razorbacks lost a stunner to Louisiana-Monroe. The interim coach (of sorts) did not have his 10-month contract renewed by athletic director Jeff Long, and the university instead hired Wisconsin coach Bret Bielema.

But Smith won’t be unemployed for long. Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colo., has hired JLS as the program’s new coach following a winless season in 2012.

“We are extremely fortunate to have a coach with the tremendous background and experience that John L. brings to Fort Lewis College,” said athletic director Gary Hunter.  

Hunter previously hired Smith at the University of Idaho.

“Fort Lewis College is making a commitment to football. Many of our other programs have reached the pinnacle of success at the national and regional levels. We want our football alumni and fans to have the opportunity to enjoy that same success.

“Not only has Coach Smith had outstanding success on the field, but he has always stressed the importance of academics and community and campus involvement.”

Arkansas went just 4-8 under Smith in 2012 as he took over for the fired Bobby Petrino.

(Hat tip: Durango Herald) 

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5 Responses to “John L. Smith finds employment at Fort Lewis College”
  1. burgandy2260 says: Jan 16, 2013 9:47 PM

    Men like this should stay in the game. Going to a smaller venue only makes the current and future players that much luckier. Most would say its a step down for Smith and I say it’s a step up for the university.

  2. mdac1012 says: Jan 17, 2013 8:57 AM

    Seems like a decent guy and a decent coach, probably a real good move for Fort Lewis. Had success in the smaller conferences, appeared to be overmatched in the SEC and the B10.

  3. hor2012 says: Jan 17, 2013 2:23 PM

    The only problem with this is he’s going to win there and win big. And, the first time and mid-level D1 progam calls he’s gone. But, everyone needs to work so good luck to him

  4. thetooloftools says: Jan 17, 2013 5:54 PM

    I don’t judge anything he did or didn’t do at Arkansas. He got thrown into the lions den that is the SEC with only minimal time to prepare and got smoked. Arkansas should have promoted from within. He was not ready for the SEC. The SEC is just unreal. Like Auburn, one moment your hoisting a national championship trophy and the next your getting clowned and looking for work.

  5. rbrown2222 says: Jan 17, 2013 7:01 PM

    It will be entertaining with John L.

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