John L. Smith: Twitter Reacts as Arkansas Names Smith Interim Head Coach

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John L. Smith: Twitter Reacts as Arkansas Names Smith Interim Head Coach
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John L. Smith in 2006.

The Arkansas Razorbacks have found a replacement for fired head coach Bobby Petrino, albeit a temporary one.

According to the latest reports, Arkansas has hired former Hogs assistant coach John L. Smith to be the interim head coach this season. He was supposed to be the head coach at Weber State this season, but he has apparently jumped at the opportunity to coach a loaded Razorbacks team.

The news of Smith's hiring came rather suddenly, and the reaction to his hiring is coming fast and furious. And you know what that means...

Yup, it's time for a stroll around Twitter to see what people are making of Smith's hiring. 

To the Twitterverse!

 

Looking for a perfect example of how most people are reacting to the news of Smith's hiring? Pete Thamel of The New York Times gave us one:

The words "oh boy" pretty much sum it up. Smith's last tenure as a head coach didn't go so well, as he led the Michigan State Spartans to a 22-26 record from 2003-06. Moreover, he brought the spotlight on himself on more than one occasion with his behavior.

What that in mind, Smith isn't exactly the safest hire Arkansas could have made. 

Lou Bezjak, a prep sports writer for the Morning News, thinks disaster is going to ensue:

Matt Hayes of Sporting News chose to focus on the irony of Smith's hiring:

Hayes then decided to call out Smith for ditching Weber State at an inappropriate time:

This is a fair criticism to make. Smith was hired to replace retired head coach Ron McBride at Weber State, and here he is leaving the program just several months after accepting the job. Not exactly a nice thing to do, especially to your alma mater. 

That being said, I'll thank Dan Wolken of The Daily for saying something that needed to be said:

Some are choosing to laugh at Smith's hiring rather than scorn it. Popular radio host Paul Finebaum was kind enough to let us know that the first of his callers thought the hire was hilarious:

Yahoo! Sports columnist Dan Wetzel is looking forward to a good laugh:

Welcome to Twitter, where trolling is happening no matter what's going on. Twitter will be making jokes about the end of the world when it comes.

Not everyone is being so negative about Smith's hiring, however. Some are choosing to look on the bright side.

Matt Jones of the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette notes that Smith is familiar with Arkansas' assistants:

Richard Davenport, also of the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, thinks Arkansas' players will have no problem whatsoever playing for Smith:

Smith had better hope Davenport is right. The Razorbacks have some really good players on their team. If they take a liking to Smith, they might just have the kind of season many people expected them to have before Petrino was fired.

And Davenport may be right. Here's what Hogs running back Knile Davis tweeted about Smith's hiring:

It seems the Smith era is already off to a good start.

 

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