The annual Red-White spring game at Arkansas had a distinctly different feel this year.
And we all know why.
We could talk about Tyler Wilson's performance (31-of-41 for 467 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions), or how Wilson's Red team completely dominated its White counterparts, or the three receivers with over 100 yards.
But that would all be stuff no one really wants to talk about when it comes to Arkansas' football program.
So, if you'll allow, we'll sidestep gushing about how awesome Wilson looked and talk about Arkansas' surprise hiring of John L. Smith as head football coach.
When the more than 45,000 Razorbacks fans filed into Donald W. Reynolds Razorbacks Stadium to watch the spring game, there probably wasn't anyone who was thinking Smith would be the next head coach.
After all, Smith had just signed a deal with FCS Weber State to take over the program, and Smith's last head coaching experience was with Michigan State, where he was 22-26 over slightly less than four seasons before being fired.
Smith's contract is for 10 months, leading many of us to wonder if his position as head coach is temporary. But, reading through the official release, there's no mention of the word “interim.” Smith is simply the “head coach.”
If Smith can bring some stability to the program, and if the Hogs perform as well as we all expect next fall, that 10-month contract may be extended, saving Arkansas the trouble of going through yet another coaching search.