Arkansas hires John L. Smith as interim coach

By Kurt Voigt/The Associated Press

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Arkansas has made it official: John L. Smith is returning as head coach of the Razorbacks next year.

The school said Smith has signed a 10-month contract worth $850,000 to replace Bobby Petrino.

Smith left the Razorbacks after last season to become the head coach at Weber State, his alma mater.

Petrino was fired April 10 for failing to disclose an affair with a woman he later hired as his assistant.