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Jeff Long backs John L. Smith

Updated: September 26, 2012, 11:34 PM ET
Associated Press

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. -- Arkansas athletic director Jeff Long isn't giving up on coach John L. Smith or the season just yet.

Long said Wednesday that he is committed to Smith for this season, despite the program's difficult start.

Speaking to a group of reporters following an appearance at the Northwest Arkansas Touchdown Club, Long said he is also committed to the rest of the coaching staff, which remained intact after former coach Bobby Petrino's firing in April.

"I also want ...

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