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Smith was hired April 23 to replace Petrino, and the former Michigan State and Louisville head coach had been an assistant at Arkansas before leaving in December to become the head coach at Weber State, his alma mater. He signed a 10-month, $850,000 contract with the Razorbacks, which allows Arkansas to retain its current coaching staff and pursue a long-term coaching solution.

Several Arkansas players were thrilled about Smith’s return, calling him a “players’ coach” and welcoming his personable attitude _ a change from the tight-lipped Petrino.

After spring practice, Smith held a team meeting in which Razorbacks quarterback Tyler Wilson said the coach addressed several “internal issues.”