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Arkansas hires John L. Smith as head coach
The upheaval led to fans flying “Fire Nutt” banners before games during the 2007 seasons, and it left the fan base fractured before and after he left for the Rebels.
Petrino’s hiring brought that base back together. The school looked past his history of job-hopping, trusting him to lead Arkansas to a level of success it hadn’t experienced since joining the SEC in 1992.
Arkansas looks to continue its recent good fortunes under the leadership of a familiar and comforting face in Smith.
“Throughout the spring, the assistant coaches and student-athletes have shown incredible focus and character, which we will use to build on as we work to achieve our goals for 2012,” Smith said.
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