The situation was not amazing when John L. Smith walked in, but he has done little to show that he can motivate his Razorbacks squad. Arkansas had a No. 10 preseason ranking coming into the season but has since dropped off the college football map.
The team opened up with a 49-24 win against Jacksonville State but then lost four in a row (Louisiana-Monroe, Alabama, Rutgers and Texas A&M). While the losses against the No. 1 Crimson Tide and currently ranked Aggies would normally be nothing to squawk at, the Razorbacks got run out of the building in both games, outscored 110-10.
Smith was only meant to be a temporary replacement, and Arkansas athletic director Jeff Long has stated he wants a new head coach by December (h/t ESPN):
While speaking to the Touchdown Club in Little Rock, Ark., Long told Razorbacks fans that he wouldn't discuss coaching candidates but didn't rule out considering current interim coach John L. Smith for the job. It's clear the coaching search is up and running and Long wants to move very quickly once the regular season is finished.
Smith has shown what he can do as a head coach—nothing. Do not expect to see Smith along the Razorbacks sideline next year.