FAYETTEVILLE — The following statement is from University of Arkansas football head coach Bobby Petrino on John L. Smith:
"I want to express my gratitude to John L. Smith for all he has done for me throughout my career and particularly the past three seasons he has been here at Arkansas. Coach Smith did a tremendous job with our special teams and the results were evident this year. I’ve always said John L. Smith has a big heart and lets everyone in and I know those in his program will enjoy playing for him. By going to Weber State, his career comes full circle and he returns to a region of the country he knows very well. The relationship I’ve had with Coach Smith has always been one I have valued and he will always remain a trusted friend and advisor."