John L. Smith is out there. We all knew when Arkansas hired him as its interim coach that he’s an adrenaline junkie with an “out there” personality.
Apparently the rest of the world is just starting to notice.
In what’s being viewed by many as a sign that the coach is cracking up under the pressure of the Razorbacks’ 1-2 start, Smith demanded that the media smile before he would take questions at a presser earlier this week.
Odd? You bet. Painfully awkward if you were in that room staring back at the man? Probably.
But ask a Michigan State or Louisville fan and you’ll soon hear tales of Smith’s previous bizarre actions.
At MrSEC.com, we don’t believe this shows that Smith is falling apart. We do, however, think it provides a glimpse into what the team is seeing/hearing from Smith on a daily basis. If the Hogs were winning, this kind of stuff would go over big. But the Hogs aren’t winning.
So you tell me, if you were on the Titanic and Captain Edward Smith came out and provided a John L. Smith type of “Smile!” speech would you feel better? I didn’t think so. And I bet plenty of Razorbacks feel the same way.