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The 2012 Locksley: Week 4

Important Locksley news: John L. Smith is not – I repeat, not – eligible for the 2012 award. Why? Let’s consider the first reason: Smith is an interim head coach. I can’t blame you for not being fully aware with the Locksley’s laws and bylaws, seeing that said laws and bylaws have never been put into print. But one crucial factor is that a candidate must be a real, bona fide head coach – not an interim head coach, as is Smith. A second reason is that Smith would be such a lock for the Locksley that taking him out of the running evens the playing field among a slew of other highly qualified candidates. Now, is there a chance that Smith could one day be recognized for his wonderfully inept work with the Razorbacks in 2012? I can see it now: The John L. Locksley. That’s an option. But there will be no trophy on Smith’s mantle once his tenure in Fayetteville runs its course. As recompense, Smith gets the quote of the week:

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    U.S.C. Error Shows Need for Injury Reports

    Earlier this week, U.S.C. announced that Scott Wolf, who covers Trojans’ athletics for the L.A. Daily News, was barred from attending two weeks of practice and would not be credentialed for U.S.C.’s home game against California on Sept. 22. Why? Because Wolf, doing his job, reported on an injury: Andre Hedari, per Wolf, will miss about three weeks to repair a torn meniscus in his knee. U.S.C. didn’t like that; U.S.C., like many others, has a policy that forbids media members from reporting “on strategy or injuries that are observed during the course of watching that practice or result from that practice.”

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      U.L.M. Shocks, Rewrites Arkansas’ Season

      Louisiana-Monroe owns the SEC. Not really. No, really: U.L.M. owns the SEC – with a slight caveat. The Warhawks are as good against the SEC as any non-B.C.S. conference program in the country, I should say. Last night, the Warhawks beat Arkansas, 34-31, in overtime, to notch the program’s second win against the nation’s premier conference since 2007. The victory joins that earlier win against Alabama in Nick Saban’s first year; the two wins sandwich seven losses, but that’s neither here nor there.

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        No. 19: Arkansas

        Forget what you think you know about John L. Smith, because to Arkansas, all that mattered was this: he was experienced, he was familiar with the roster, he was familiar with the program’s returning staff and he was available. Oh, and he was available to rent, not to buy; Smith is being leased by the university, which needed a solution but wasn’t yet in the market for a permanent replacement for Bobby Petrino, once the savior, now the no-good ex-flame. Smith, the former Arkansas assistant who left Fayetteville after last season to take the head coaching job at Weber State, signed a 10-month, $850,000 contract with the school, which can choose to take a new plunge into the coaching pool in December or January, depending on when Smith’s one-year turn with the Razorbacks ends — or the Razorbacks and athletic director Jeff Long can opt to alter the terms of Smith’s contract, buying in rather than renting. What would Smith need to do in order to become Petrino’s replacement? What many thought Arkansas would do before Petrino sped out of favor: take the fight to L.S.U. and Alabama.

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          Smith Is Ready for a One-Year “Fight”

          For starters, John L. Smith’s introductory press conference — his reintroduction, actually — had the assembled media presence looking forward to this summer’s media days. You can add Smith to the list of SEC coaches who, when given the opportunity, create must-see TV: Miles, Dooley, Spurrier and all have a new partner, and the league becomes even more interesting from Sunday through Friday. But what’s left to be asked? Smith hit on all the main points during his press conference, candidly answering questions on how he reconnected with Arkansas, how he views his short-term task, what he’ll change, if anything, and whether this will be his last go-round in major college football.

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            In Smith, Arkansas Finds a 10-Month Solution

            Forget what you think you know about John L. Smith, because to Arkansas, all that mattered was this: he was experienced, he was familiar with the roster, he was familiar with the program’s returning staff and he was available. Oh, and he was available to rent, not to buy; Smith is being leased by the university, which needed a solution, but wasn’t yet in the market for a permanent solution. Smith, who left Fayetteville after last season to take the head coaching job at Weber State, signed a 10-month, $850,000 contract with the school, which can now reenter the coaching pool in December or January, depending on when Smith’s one-year turn with the Razorbacks ends.

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              The First Big Test of Jim McElain’s Tenure

              Jim McElwain already had his hands full. For starters, Colorado State’s first-year coach has to implement his new offensive scheme: this will dominate the Rams’ spring, which kicked off on March 22. Then there’s the task of redoing the sort of team-wide malaise that seemed to grip this program over its last two years-plus under Steve Fairchild, who was fired at the end of last season. Tied into that later task, perhaps, is cleaning up another sort of mess altogether: Last Friday, three players were arrested for what the Fort Collins Coloradoan termed a “savage beating” of four freshmen students at an off-campus party. In this, not the implementation of a new offense, McElwain faces his first test as a head coach.

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                The Countdown

                A bottom-to-top assessment of the F.B.S. landscape heading into the 2012 season.