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John L. Smith was once the head coach of the Idaho Vandals. From there, he moved up to Louisville, and then again on up to Michigan State.
He then spent a little time out of coaching before returning to campus, and this time in the SEC. After working under Bobby Petrino at Arkansas, he was tabbed the man’s successor (un-technically he was the interim coach) after Petrino crashed his motorcycle with his mistress aboard.
After beginning his coaching career as a graduate assistant at Weber State in 1971, Smith had finally risen to the ranks of a top 10-ranked program and the millions of dollars that potentially go with it.
However, the Razorbacks lost to Louisiana-Monroe in Week 2 of the 2012 season, and the team plummeted out of the rankings. After the year, Smith was let go — and he has since taken a personal tumble down the coaching rankings.
Below is a photo snapped of Smith’s coaching locker at Fort Lewis College, a Division II team that finished 0-10 in 2012.
It’s not exactly the same personal space Nick Saban enjoys over at Alabama, now is it?
[H/T: Lost Lettermen]