We do not have any particular affection or contempt for Arkansas football, but do we like having this guy within a day's drive.
Yes. Yes, we do. Arkansas football interviews have been colorless affairs since the departure of the Reverend Houston Dale. We cannot wait to ask you many questions, John L. Smith. Welcome.
John L. Smith has run with the bulls in Spain, climbed Mount Kilimanjaro, skydived, trained with Marines. ... SEC Media Days, rejoice.
— Stewart Mandel (@slmandel) April 23, 2012
More on the hire from Mandel and from around the bloggy sphere after the jump:
CIRCLE OF LIFE RT @Mengus22: Yes. RT @usfvoodoo5 Didn't Petrino replace John L. Smith at Louisville?
— Brian Floyd (@BrianMFloyd) April 23, 2012
Have I been beaten to asking Arkansas if they can paint with all the colors of the wind? It's been like 6 minutes. #topicalvanessawilliams
— Holly Anderson (@SIHolly) April 23, 2012
Wow, just when you think the pieces to the puzzle are all in place, something big happens to create chaos and the picture changes. Ouch!
— Jerry Bovee (@JerryBovee) April 23, 2012
YOU'LL NEVER HIRE A COACH FROM A SMALL UTAH SCHOOL AGAIN, JEFF LONG! NEVER! YOU'RE DEAD IN OGDEN, YA HEAR?!
— Chris Driver (@Jerkwheatery) April 23, 2012
Arkansas has shot at national title, team deserved an experienced head coach. John L is a worthwhile gamble in unique circumstance
— Dan Wetzel (@DanWetzel) April 23, 2012
"Jeff Long is basically saying you guys suck." @finebaum seems to be on board with the John L. Smith hire.
— Bryan Fischer (@BryanDFischer) April 23, 2012
Craziest fan theory (covering lot of territory, considering it's Arkansas): Petrino goes thru therapy, gets job back in December.
— George Schroeder (@GeorgeSchroeder) April 23, 2012
Have heard from many ppl who know or worked w BobbyPetrino. Almost all hated him & most of em expect BP to get another FBS HC job w/i 2 yrs.
— Bruce Feldman (@BFeldmanCBS) April 24, 2012
Alabama fans will soon face the difficult question of whether Nick Saban should be paid more than Arkansas Head Coach Bear Bryant Hologram. — sir broosk (@celebrityhottub) April 23, 2012