Money, money, money! Many will bash him for doing this but would any of us turn
down a one year (or possibly longer), no stress guaranteed paycheck? No way,
can't fault him for leaving.
I sure hope Weber State officials are demanding a 10 million dollar buy out for
What sort of contract is Coach Smith under, with WSU??How can he
just walk away from a contract so new the ink hasn't even dried yet???!!
Cant hate a guy for a chance like that. Hmm, D2 Weber State, or SEC Arkansas.
Pretty easy choice, and Arkansas will buy his contract out for whats pocket
change to them.
I was disappointed Weber hired this guy in the first place. He's the USU
"coach" in the 90's who had his defensive players taking groin
shots at Utah's Chris Fuamatu-Ma'afala after the whistle. Now we learn from the Mothership that Smith initiated the contact with
Arkansas, not the other way around. Given his past relationship with the morally
reprehensible Petrino, you've got to wonder. Too bad the stink remains with
the Razorbacks, and flies can't resist it.I hope Weber makes
him pay for leaving them in the lurch. Otherwise, good riddance.
I, for one would definitely hold honor over money. This Smith guy must be a real
winner! Just think about the coaches (2 from across the country), and the
players who were released from their scholarship w/o being given the chance to
Well, "classy" and "trustworthy" aren't words that will
ever be said about John L. Smith. And that's his legacy--hope he's
okay with that.
At the International Ethics Convention a male participant asked a female
participant if he gave her $1 million would she sleep with him. The lady said,
"If I donated that money to feed the starving, that would be noble, so,
yes." He handed her $20 and the key to his room. She was insulted and
said,"what kind of a person do you think I am???" "Lady, we've
already established that fact, now we're just negotiating the
price."How does one live with oneself who does this to a
football program and to the kids who trusted him. Bad form. Bad character. Even
though I'm a BYU guy, I feel for the Weber program. Grossly disgusting of
I also think Weber State could do better than Smith. I forgot about the groin
shots. His last head coaching stint at Michigan State was less than impressive.
His close ties with Petrino don't speak too well of him either. After a
year or two, he'll probably wish he stayed at Weber State. Get somebody
that will stay long term, there are plenty of great HS coaches and good
assistant coaches on the staffs of the local schools who would be glad to have
this job for a while. Let's not go for the big name that who is likely to
get out the first chance he can, even before he coaches the first game.
Being a two-time graduate of Weber State, I'm sorry to see John L. Smith
leave the program. I think he could have taken Weber State to the FCS
championship game, if he had stayed around.I'm sorry to see him
go, but I wish him luck. With higher profile comes higher stress and lower job
security. Here's hoping Weber State can find another great coach!
It's an easy choice....you have a 63 year old coach in the twilight of his
career who can step into the headlines, make 3 times the money and have a
possible shot at the natl championship. He left USU for the money
Louisville was offering him years ago, so nothing has really changed with John
L.I wish him the best.
This is great! Now they can bring back Coach Mac...the man of class...the one
whom Utah ditched to get the classless Meyers...Go Coach Mac...things are
Weber, please, hire Bronco or Doman.
WSU should have learned long ago, (reference BB Coach Larry Farmer), that famous
does not equate to great in coaching, esp. if the famous coach is
"settling" for WSU. Hopefully WSU will not hire him again if the
interim thing doesn't work out at Arkansas.
I feel bad for WSU, their fans, the school and their recruiting base. Weber
should sue John L. Smith and/or University of Arkansas. This just left this
school with a huge gaping hole to fill with only a few months left to go before
football starts.John L. won't be there very long if he loses
two or more games. The "L" in John L. Smith better not stand for losses
or he'll be back here in a year begging for his job. To stab your alma
matter in the heart is cold. This will solidify his legacy.
Just like some politicians! A mans word is no good.