Arkansas made the inevitable decision to begin searching for a new head football coach by confirming Saturday the school will move on from John L. Smith. Smith had been brought on to coach the Razorbacks on an interim basis, signing a 10-month contract in the spring following the bizarre fallout and dismissal of former Arkansas head coach Bobby Petrino.
"With our 2012 football season concluded, I met earlier today with Coach John L. Smith to inform him we would be making a change in leadership within our football program," Arkansas athletics director Jeff Long said in a statement released by the school Saturday. "I have great respect for Coach Smith and I thank him for the sincere commitment he has shown our program. He made a difficult decision in uncertain times to return from his alma mater to guide the young men in our football program, and I will always be grateful for his efforts."