OGDEN -- Weber State University released the following statement on Monday afternoon:The University of Arkansas today announced the hiring of John L. Smith as its head football coach. Smith leaves his post as head coach at Weber State effective immediately.
Smith was named the head coach at Weber State in December 2011 and has nearly 40 years of coaching experience, including 18 seasons as a Division I head coach. He is a 1972 graduate of Weber State. He spent the last three seasons as an assistant coach at Arkansas. "We knew when we hired John L. as our head football coach that we were getting a high-profile coach that we felt would move our program forward," said Weber State Director of Athletics Jerry Bovee. "Obviously, the timing of this announcement is problematic but at this point we are going to move forward in making decisions that are in the best interest of our program."
A decision regarding the head coaching position at Weber State will be announced soon.