College football fans are notoriously impatient, but even a diehard fan of any program knows that it takes a new head coach a couple of seasons to rebuild a program after a few seasons of mediocrity.
Fans will be patient while a new coach implements new systems, trains a staff and gets recruiting back on the right track.
Smith, though, does not have that kind of time. His tenure at Arkansas is not a permanent position so much as a tryout. He did not have to build up his team, and his coaching staff was already in place. He even has an offensive coordinator in Paul Petrino that has previous experience with the Razorbacks.
Smith has the difficult task of managing his team after an offseason full of controversy and bad breaks, but the key elements were already in place for him. His task was to utilize what was given to him and maintain some degree of success.
Maybe he will be successful this season. Maybe the Razorbacks will go undefeated the rest of the year, and everyone will be talking about what a genius he is before it's all over. Maybe voters will turn a blind eye to the Louisiana-Monroe loss after a string of big time wins and the Hogs will still make it to the title game.
But odds are he won’t. He probably won't be greeted at the end of the season with patience from a fanbase that understands that he needs time.
He will be met as a coach that was handed a top 10 team with the potential for greatness and blew it.