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Smith’s devotion to his home state, and university, is evident in the signed footballs on display at his Fox office. At some point he said he wanted to do more for his home and teaching could be a way to do it.

He’s learned from the students, too, particularly how they use social media as a window to the world.

“It reminded me of the roots of the thing that we do and has just been incredibly inspiring,” he said.


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