Kentucky State fires head coach John L. Smith

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

John L. Smith has been fired as the Kentucky State Thorobreds head coach. He went 7-24 in three seasons as head coach.

This past season, the team went 0-10. He guided the team to a 3-7 mark in 2017 and a 4-7 record in 2016.


Smith has been replaced on an interim basis by Defensive Coordinator Kevin Weston.

Before accepting the Kentucky State job, he spent three seasons as the Fort Lewis Skyhawks head coach. He went 14-19 there, including a 7-4 record in 2015.

Smith replaced Bobby Petrino in 2012 with the Arkansas Razorbacks. Petrino was fired on April 10th, 2012 after a scandal that rocked college football. Two weeks later, Smith was hired.

He guided the Razorbacks to a 4-8 record. Then, on November 24th, 2012, the school announced that he would not return as head coach.

He was the Razorbacks Special Teams coach from 2009 through 2011. He spent the 2003 through 2006 seasons as the Michigan State Spartans head coach. With the Spartans, he went 22-26, including an 8-5 record in 2003.

He arrived in East Lansing, Michigan by way of Lexington, Kentucky. He was the head coach of the Louisville Cardinals from 1998 through 2002. He guided the team to a 41-21 record, including an 11-2 record.

From 1995 through 1997, he was the Utah State Aggies head coach. He went 16-18 in three seasons, including a 6-6 record in 1997. He also was the Idaho Vandals head coach from 1989 through 1994. He went 53-21 in six seasons, including an 11-3 record in 1993 and four nine win seasons.

The 70-year-old Idaho Falls, Idaho native spent the 1987 and 1988 seasons as the Washington State Cougars Defensive Coordinator. He also was the Wyoming Cowboys Defensive Coordinator in 1986. He was the Vandals Defensive Coordinator from 1982 through 1985.

He was the Nevada Wolf Pack Defensive Coordinator from 1977 through 1981. He was an assistant coach with the Montana Grizzlies from 1972 through 1976. He began his coaching career as a graduate assistant with the Weber State Wildcats in 1971.

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