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The coaching situation does present challenges for Arkansas, primarily in recruiting. Several assistant coaches have been on the road selling the program this week, even before Smith’s announcement as head coach.

Running backs coach Tim Horton, who also serves as the program’s recruiting coordinator, said he expects to receive later commitments from top high school players this year. He said those who normally commit during the summer will likely wait until the days or weeks before national signing day in February _ once the Razorbacks presumably have a long-term coaching solution in place.

Horton said the school has continued to recruit in the absence of a head coach, even offering a scholarship to a player Tuesday, but his primary focus now is on the upcoming season.

“Right now, I think the obligation is to do the best we can for the 2012 version,” Horton said. “The Razorbacks are going to be fine for a long, long time.”