About a day ago, yet another scandal broke out in college athletics. This time it involved a coach, but it wasn’t Bobby Petrino. Oh Bobby had his own scandal, but this isn’t the one that I am referring to. Heck, for those who know a little about Bobby and his family, nothing about the scandal really surprised anyone. Bobby will never be referenced as a morally upstanding kind of guy.
No, this time I am talking about his successor John L Smith. Whoa! But John would never hurt a fly. He is such a nice middle aged man, he is nothing like Bobby Petrino. Yes it is true that John probably wouldn’t cheat on his wife with a twenty something year old and give her a job that she wasn’t nearly qualified for. However, Mr. Smith is still a horrible role model to young men and women and here is why.
About five or six months ago, John signed a contract to be Head Football Coach at his alma mater, Weber State. During his opening speech, he talked about how great it was to be coming home after all this time. He said he couldn’t wait to shape these young men and prepare them for the rest of their lives. He should have finished that sentence with “until a better job comes calling.”
You see, a couple of days ago, John decided he was going to take the head coaching job at Arkansas instead of even coaching a down at Weber State. Look, I am all for doing things to better your family, but this is ridiculous. John L just taught these young men…sign a contract, lie during your press conference, wait for something better to come along, break the contract, and screw everyone else. Awesome!
The really f’ed up thing about this is, John is probably the same coach who will turn around and hold a kid hostage if he wants to transfer out of Arkansas, and go play football at say….Florida or any other SEC school next year. Just another hypocritical scandal of College Sports. Coaches can break contracts anytime they want, yet players have to sit out a year if they transfer, and sometimes are completely held hostage by the coach or by the NCAA. Man, we really are preparing these athletes for the real world. All about Me, Screw Everyone Else.