Not surprisingly, former Arkansas coach Bobby Petrino supported the hiring of his longtime mentor, John L. Smith, to come in and coach the Hogs for the 2012 season.
Petrino and Smith coached together at four different stops, and Petrino brought Smith to Arkansas in 2009 to coach special teams and outside linebackers.
Petrino's statement, which was released through his agent, Russ Campbell, read:
"I think Jeff Long made a great hire. While there were several outstanding internal candidates, John L. brings a lot of head coaching experience to the table that will help Arkansas transition. He will unify the staff, the team and the Razorback fan base. I wish Coach Smith, his staff and the Arkansas football team the very best."