UPDATE: USA Today Goes Inside Razorbacks Coach John L. Smith's $40 Million Bankruptcy

by Arkansas Business Staff  on Friday, Oct. 5, 2012 7:40 am  

This, as the Hogs have gone 0-4 after a season-opening, 49-24 non-conference win against Jacksonville State at Fayetteville. Ranked No. 8 by the Associated Press at the beginning of the season, the Razorbacks have since lost to teams including SEC conference rivals Alabama and Texas A&M.

The Razorbacks face Auburn in Alabama on Saturday.

UA Athletics Director Jeff Long has defended his hiring of Smith, which came after Long fired former coach Bobby Petrino in April. Long said Smith was up front with him about his financial troubles during the hiring process. Long said he is committed to keeping Smith aboard through the remainder of season.

"I've tried to make that clear - maybe I don't in my speeches - but yeah, we're committed to this season," Long told reporters before a speech to the Northwest Arkansas Touchdown Club last week. "He's going to lead our team through this season. That's something we made a commitment to back in April and we're going to stand behind that commitment."

On Thursday, Smith was asked whether the bankruptcy had been a distraction for him.

"Not me, and I'm very fortunate," he said. "Because they're taking care of it and I've got a wife that's more on top of it."



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