BOZICH: John L. Concedes Alabama Game Is "Crucial" - WDRB 41 Louisville News

BOZICH: John L. Concedes Alabama Game Is "Crucial"

Posted: Updated:
John L. Smith says Arkansas' game with Alabama during the season's third week will be "crucial" to his future. John L. Smith says Arkansas' game with Alabama during the season's third week will be "crucial" to his future.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) – Now I remember why I like former University of Louisville football coach John L. Smith, even though I don't like the way he treated his alma mater, Weber State.

Smith isn't afraid of microphones. He isn't afraid of talking off the cuff. He is not obsessed with controlling his image and message.

Smith, the new coach at Arkansas after his short U-turn from Weber State, proved that again Tuesday afternoon while appearing with Chris Fowler of ESPN in Bristol, Conn.

Fowler asked Smith if accepted the idea that he must succeed at a high level this season to retain the job more than one season. He signed a 10-month contract to coach the Hogs.

Smith's answer?

Yes.

"That's fair," Smith said. "We're willing to accept that. Hopefully we're going to give the athletic director, Jeff Long, nothing more than one choice that we're going to be there again."

So that means Arkansas' Sept. 15 home game against Alabama is big, big, big stuff.

"Me and Tyler (Wilson, the Arkansas quarterback) will be judged by our ability to win the SEC West," Smith said. "That game is crucial … It's not the season, but it's crucial."

Thanks John L. You've never believed in Coach Speak.

Copyright 2012 WDRB News. All Rights Reserved.

  • Sign Up for the WDRB Sports Newsletter

    * denotes required fields

    Thank you for signing up! You will receive a confirmation email shortly.
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 WorldNow and WDRB. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.