FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) -Former Michigan State coach John L. Smith has been hired by Arkansas as special teams coordinator.
The Razorbacks introduced Smith on Friday and said he would also help with the defense. He was the Spartans' coach for four years before being fired after the 2006 season.
``We are extremely fortunate to add John L. Smith to our coaching staff,'' Arkansas coach Bobby Petrino said. ``His experience and knowledge of the collegiate game will be a tremendous asset to our student-athletes and our program. I have had the privilege to work with him on a number of occasions previously. He is an outstanding football coach and an outstanding person.''
Smith was the coach at Utah State during the 1990s and had Petrino on his staff.
eft this week to join the staff at South Carolina.

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