Sunday, January 18, 2009

I'd almost forgotten about him

Arkansas announced on Friday that it had hired former Michigan State coach John L. Smith as special-teams coordinator. Razorbacks coach Bobby Petrino, if you may recall, served as offensive coordinator under Smith at both Utah State and Louisville, so it appears that he's throwing a bone to his old mentor.

Smith has been out of coaching since he was fired by Michigan State in 2006, primarily because he's known throughout the state for two things -- this:

... and this:

Yes, this post was pretty much an excuse to put up those videos. Smith is no Mike Gundy, but he's pretty entertaining.

A couple other coaching notes:

* Boston College offensive coordinator Steve Logan, who had come to BC with Jeff Jagodzinski after the two worked together at East Carolina, resigned on Friday. Logan's exit leaves the Eagles in a tough spot, as new coach (and former D-coordinator) Frank Spaziani will now be searching for two new coordinators.

* Tennessee hired St. Louis Rams offensive line/tight ends coach Jim Chaney as offensive coordinator. Strange hiring? Well, Chaney was also Purdue's offensive coordinator from 1998-2005, and obviously is considered somewhat of a passing-game guru. Between the hiring of Chaney and the complete disinterest in holding onto committed dual-threat QB Tajh Boyd, Lane Kiffin seems to be preparing to throw the ball -- a lot.

* In sad news for fans of one of the greatest names in the history of names, Tennessee graduate assistant Jim Bob Cooter has been dismissed.

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