Pity John L. Smith. He took over a program with dreams of beating Alabama and LSU… though said program has no defense to call its own. He caught a bad break when his starting quarterback was lost for a game-and-a-half to a concussion. He’s had his bankruptcy turned into a national story. Last week, his brother died and on the same day got shredded for making a bizarre request that media members smile at a press conference.
Now he’s slipped up and called the state of “Arkansas” the state of “Alabama” in front of a Little Rock booster group and the whole world is laughing and pointing fingers again.
“Don’t give up on us,” Smith told the crowd. “It’s our program, it’s a state of Alabama program. It’s not one individual’s program.”
Making matters worse, Smith was asked if he could see Bobby Petrino coaching at Kentucky or Auburn next year and he said the following:
“Kentucky or Auburn. I don’t know that Kentucky might be in there. Auburn probably is a better guess if I were to guess, to be perfectly honest with you.”
Gotta wonder what Gene Chizik will think about that.
I guess I’m the only bleeding heart left in the world, but I feel sorry for Smith. So could someone at Arkansas just cancel Smith’s future speaking engagements? Please?