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Arkansas hires John L. Smith as interim coach

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Former Michigan State and Louisville head coach John L. Smith has been hired as an interim replacement for Bobby Petrino at Arkansas. (AP Photo) Former Michigan State and Louisville head coach John L. Smith has been hired as an interim replacement for Bobby Petrino at Arkansas. (AP Photo)

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) - Arkansas has made it official: John L. Smith is returning as head coach of the Razorbacks next year.

The school said Smith will be formally introduced on Tuesday afternoon. It released no other details, but a person familiar with the decision says Arkansas is bringing Smith back on an interim basis next season to replace Bobby Petrino.

Smith, an assistant who left the Razorbacks after last season to become the head coach at Weber State, is returning on a one-year appointment, according to the person who spoke Monday on condition of anonymity because the school had not made its decision public.

Petrino was fired April 10 for failing to disclose his relationship and $20,000 in gifts to a woman he later hired as his assistant.

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