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Arkansas coach John L. Smith says the Razorbacks play in Alabama (Video)

Arkansas entered the season ranked in the top 10 in the USA TODAY and AP polls, but it has managed just one win in four games. After starting out the year with a win over little-known Jacksonville State, the Razorbacks have dropped three straight games including a shocking upset to the University of Louisiana at Monroe and an embarrassing 51-0 shellacking at the hands of Alabama.

Head coach John L. Smith is not ready to give up. As you can see from the video above that Deadspin passed along, Smith was rallying the media, the fans and the state of Alabama to stick with the Razorbacks. That’s right, the state of Alabama.

Of course, Smith meant to say Arkansas. Everyone falls victim to the occasional verbal miscue from time to time, but obviously this one holds a little more weight than most. According to the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, Smith was informed of his flub shortly after making it and played it off by saying, “Oh? I did? Where would that come from? I’ve never heard of Alabama?” We know Smith loves to joke around, but people would probably appreciate it more if his team had better than a 1-3 record.

John L. Smith had just $500 in his checking account, $300 in cash for bankruptcy filing

If you thought Arkansas’ 1-2 start was head coach John L. Smith’s greatest concern, you might be wrong. The Bobby Petrino replacement filed for bankruptcy on Sept. 6, and according to bankruptcy documents he filed, his financial situation is pretty sad.

Per USA Today’s Brent Schrotenboer, Smith wrote on documents that he had just $500 in his checking account and $300 in cash when he filed for bankruptcy. Overall, he has $25.7 million in liabilities against just $1.2 million in assets, but he says most of his assets are tied up in retirement funds.

Even though Smith has been a college football coaching since 1972 and earned millions as a high-paying head coach, he lost a good portion of his money in real estate investments.

We have some doubts about his checking account and cash figures (he could have hid some of his money elsewhere) and wonder if he really is that badly off, but clearly he’s trying to become relieved of all his debts and willing to endure the publicly humiliating process.

Between Smith and Vince Young, we’re seeing that stories about people losing their fortunes are almost as common ones about those who strike it big.

John L. Smith calls reporter who is late to press conference (Video)

When Arkansas announced that John L. Smith would serve as the team’s interim head coach in the wake of the Bobby Petrino scandal, writers and reporters knew they were in for a season of memorable quotes and entertaining moments. Smith was known for keeping things loose and goofing around during his days as the head coach at Louisville and Michigan State, and he was at it again before a press conference on Monday when he whipped out his cell phone and called reporter Nate Allen, who was late for the session. Check out these two clips that Matt Jones of the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette passed along:

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John L. Smith hired by Arkansas for upcoming season

Arkansas is expected to announce that they have hired John L. Smith on an interim basis to replace Bobby Petrino as the head coach of the football team. Smith has 18 years of head coaching experience in college football and is known for his stints at Louisville and Michigan State.

Smith went 41-21 from 1998-2002 as head coach of Louisville and was succeeded by Petrino — his former assistant. He went 22-26 from 2003-2006 at Michigan State before being fired following a 4-8 season.

Smith joined Petrino’s staff at Arkansas as a special teams coach in 2009 and departed after last season to become the head coach at Weber State. Though Arkansas will achieve some continuity by bringing back Smith, what he’s doing to Weber State is pretty crappy.

Smith will be leaving Weber State, his alma mater, without coaching a game for them. He’s walking out on players he recruited less than five months before the new season begins. I guess it was too good of an opportunity for him to overlook; he’s being handed a top-10 program and a chance to put his name back on the map.