Former Arkansas, Michigan St. coach John L. Smith gets a new gig



John L. Smith is one of the most colorful characters in college football. Unfortunately, he’s now at a much lower rung in the sport. The man who took over at Arkansas on very short notice in the wake of the Bobby Petrino Jessica Dorrell scandal, that led the Razorbacks to a disastrous 4-8 season has landed a new job at D2 Fort Lewis College in Colorado. He’ll take a severe paycut. A really drastic paycut.

By the way Smith is $40 million in debt, so he has some personal bankruptcy things going for him. Quite the fall for the former Michigan State coach who loves thrill sports like sky-diving. Maybe he was a little too thrill-seeking with his personal finances. Quite a step down for the ex-leader of the Spartans, and a former coach in the SEC.

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