One of the headline stories of the 2012 college football season, once it is all said and done, will be the implosion of the Arkansas Razorbacks football program. Preseason, the Hogs were picked to be BCS contenders and the SEC West's only hope of knocking off LSU and Alabama.
Then came the infamous announcement April 10 this year that head coach Bobby Petrino was fired. John L Smith was announced as the new head coach by the Arkansas athletic director. Smith was put on a 10-month contract, and it was announced by the university that by putting Smith on an interim contract, it would allow Arkansas to hire "a head coach for the future of the program."
The 2012 season so far has been a disaster for the Arkansas program, losing to a Sun Belt team and then getting destroyed by Alabama, 52-0. After the game, starting QB Tyler Wilson, who was watching the game on the sidelines due to an injury, suggested his teammates had given up.
Any chances of Smith turning his temporary contract into a permanent one has all been eliminated. In some ways, you have to pity John L Smith. Being an interim coach is much like being a substitute teacher: the authority over the kids on the team has very little weight. In essence, he was set up for failure.
However, Arkansas still has the chance to right the ship to hire a permanent coach. There are some good candidates out there. Who should it hire?