John L. Smith returning to Arkansas

John L. Smith is heading back to Fayetteville to be Arkansas' new head coach in 2012.

Smith, who is leaving Weber State before ever coaching a game at his alma mater, will coach on a one-year deal. Smith coached with former Arkansas coach Bobby Petrino at Arkansas, Michigan State, Louisville and Utah State. Petrino was fired earlier this month for failing to disclose his relationship with Jessica Dorrell, whom he hired as an assistant and gave $20,000 in gifts to.

Smith was the special teams coach at Arkansas the past three years and approached the school about the job.

Smith is a very familiar face at Arkansas and should help keep things relatively normal for Arkansas' team, which returns enough talent to compete for an SEC West title and maybe more this year.

Check the blog later for more on Smith's hire at Arkansas.