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John L. Smith is Back to Coaching in Kentucky

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Rumors had been circulating for weeks that former Louisville football coach John L. Smith would the returning to the Bluegrass, but it’s in a different role than some had expected.  Smith will take over the football program at JT’s alma mater, Kentucky State, according to Football Scoop.  It was originally believed that John L. would take on the task of building Bellarmine’s football program from scratch.

It’s a return trip to the state where he coached the Louisville Cardinals from 1998 until 2002.  His departure was stranger than Bobby Petrino’s, the man he replaced at Arkansas as the interim coach for a year after the “motorcycle accident.”  Louisville was losing to Byron Leftwich’s Marshall Thundering Herd 17-7 at half of the 2002 GMAC Bowl, when it was revealed that he was leaving to be the head coach at Michigan State.  Bad timing, to say the least.  He’s coached at a variety of random places over the years, but he might find himself a more long-term home in Frankfort with the Thorobreds.

John L. is can’t stop smiling about his new career choice and implores you to join him.

In other coaching news, Missouri has reportedly found a new head coach, a guy who many thought would be Kentucky’s head coach after Joker Phillips was fired, Sonny Dykes.  

Article written by Nick Roush

"Look upon the doughnut, and not upon the hole." @RoushKSR

9 Comments for John L. Smith is Back to Coaching in Kentucky



  1. Sentient Third Eye
    3:57 pm December 2, 2015 Permalink

    I used to think John L. was pretty shady, but in a world with Petrino, he looks rather upstanding.



    • cats paw
      4:11 pm December 2, 2015 Permalink

      as long as they can win football games (i believe thats why they are hired), i dont care if they are the head of ISIS!



    • secrick
      4:27 pm December 2, 2015 Permalink

      If you hire a guy as shady as Pitrino you expect to win more than 7 games. I rather have Stoops with 5 wins than that low life with 7 but i don’t think cats paw agrees with me.



    • dean winchester
      4:27 pm December 2, 2015 Permalink

      Ill take “Jokes that go too far” for $1000 Alex…..



  2. Rsn2GoBlu
    6:51 pm December 2, 2015 Permalink

    He is just placing himself for when the UK job comes open next year. Heard he wants to first get use to the name Kentucky State on a jersey. After about a year he could tolerate seeing Kentucky on a jersey. Guy is a just as bad as Petrino.



  3. catdaddyd
    7:19 pm December 2, 2015 Permalink

    I think he is broke, seems he lost a lot of money in Louisville real estate.



  4. keiths
    8:31 pm December 2, 2015 Permalink

    So what you are telling me is, even KY STATE has a better head coach then us?



  5. KTower
    8:50 pm December 2, 2015 Permalink

    Very happy for Coach Smith…..he deserves another shot and wish him well.



  6. Gitback Coach
    10:07 am December 3, 2015 Permalink

    JLS to K-State is a really strange hire, but hey, whatever.

    If Sonny Dykes takes the Mizzou job, look for ex-UK Offensive Coordinator Tony Franklin to join him. He has been with Dykes since they lit up the scoreboards at Louisiana Tech.