November 13th, 2012 09:56 AM║ Posted By: John Pennington ║ Permalink
║ Schools: Arkansas
Tags: Associated Press, Natural State, UA, Zach Hocker
John L. Smith just keeps on smiling. His team is 4-6 and just 2-4 in the SEC, but Smith continues to look on the bright side of life (NSFW). The man thrown into an unwinnable situation — made so because most believed the Arkansas situation was way too winnable — isn’t thinking about the end of his tenure as the Razorbacks’ interim coach. He’s still trying to be optimistic.
According to the Associated Press, Smith said the following during a press gathering yesterday:
“I’m the most optimistic guy you could imagine. So, I’m always optimistic. I’m optimistic on us going to Starkville and getting a win this weekend. The other stuff can take care of itself. I’m not overly worried about any of that…
That’s way over my head, mentally (to reflect on his coaching career). I have trouble just concentrating on today and this part of our season and where we are. I’m going to love every day that we go do the practice field, because that’s the best part of my day and being around those guys is what it’s all about. And thank God I’ve had the opportunity to do that.
I’m just knocking on wood, stretch it as far as we want or as far as we can.”
Players like quarterback Tyler Wilson and kicker Zach Hocker still speak highly of Smith and they should. While many Hog fans have blamed him for their team’s collapse, the real culprit is Bobby Petrino, the sunshiney Smith. It should be clear in Arkansas today — just as it was clear in Louisville after he left there — that the secret to Petrino’s winning programs isn’t great recruiting classes, great assistants, or great defense… it’s Petrino himself.
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