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John L. Smith
Date of birth November 15, 1948
Place of birth Idaho Falls, Idaho
Sport Football
Overall Record 132-86
Awards 2001 Idaho Athletics Hall of Fame
2003 Big Ten Coach of the Year
Coaching Stats College Football DataWarehouse
School as a player
1960s Weber State College
Position Linebacker & Quarterback
Schools as a coach
1989-94
1995-97
1998-2002
2003-2006
Idaho
Utah State
Louisville
Michigan State
This article refers to the football coach. For the World War II Marine Corps ace and Medal of Honor recipient, see John Lucian Smith.

John L. Smith is the former head coach for the University of Louisville and Michigan State University football teams. Image File history File links Current_event_marker. ... November 15 is the 319th day of the year (320th in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar, with 46 days remaining. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... Idaho Falls is the county seat and largest city of Bonneville County, IdahoGR6. ... United States simply as football, is a competitive team sport that is both fast-paced and strategic. ... Big Ten redirects here. ... Weber State University is a public university located in the city of Ogden in Weber County, Utah, USA. There is also a Davis County satellite campus located in Layton. ... A linebacker is a position in American and Canadian football. ... NFL quarterback Peyton Manning. ... The University of Idaho is the states land-grant and primary research university, located in Moscow. ... Utah State Universitys main campus is located in Logan, Utah. ... The University of Louisville (also known as U of L, Louisville, or the Ville) is a public, state-supported university located in Louisville, Kentucky, USA. It is mandated [1] by the Kentucky General Assembly to be a Preeminent Metropolitan Research University. ... Combatants Major Allied powers: United Kingdom Soviet Union United States Republic of China and others Major Axis powers: Nazi Germany Italy Japan and others Commanders Winston Churchill Joseph Stalin Franklin Roosevelt Harry Truman Chiang Kai-Shek Adolf Hitler Benito Mussolini Hideki Tojo Casualties Military dead: 17,000,000 Civilian dead... The Red Baron, Manfred von Richthofen, perhaps the most famous ace of all. ... The Medal of Honor is the highest military decoration awarded by the United States. ... John Lucian Smith (1914-1972) is a Medal of Honor recipient and Marine Corps ace who, as Commanding Officer of VMF-223 shot down 19 Japanese planes in World War II and lead his squadron to a destroy a total of 83 enemy aircraft during the Solomon Islands campaign. ... The head coach in sports coaching is the coach who is in charge of the other coaches. ...


Smith was born in Idaho Falls on November 15, 1948. He married Diana Flora on August 15, 1970 and they have three children, Nicholas, Kayse and Sam. Idaho Falls is the county seat and largest city of Bonneville County, IdahoGR6. ... November 15 is the 319th day of the year (320th in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar, with 46 days remaining. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... August 15 is the 227th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (228th in leap years), with 138 days remaining. ... 1970 (MCMLXX) was a common year starting on Thursday (the link is to a full 1970 calendar). ...


He played college football in the late 1960s at Weber State College in Ogden, Utah, as both a linebacker and quarterback. A college football game between Colorado State University and the Air Force Academy. ... The 1960s decade refers to the years from January 1, 1960 to December 31, 1969, inclusive. ... Weber State University is a public university located in the city of Ogden in Weber County, Utah, USA. There is also a Davis County satellite campus located in Layton. ... Ogden sign over Washington Boulevard at the Ogden River; toward downtown Overlooking Ogdens George S. Eccles Dinosaur Park Ogden is the county seat of Weber County,GR6 Utah, United States. ... A linebacker is a position in American and Canadian football. ... NFL quarterback Peyton Manning. ...


In 2000, Sports Illustrated recognized Smith as one of Idaho's top 100 athletes of the 20th Century. He was later inducted into the Idaho Athletics Hall of Fame in 2001. The first issue of Sports Illustrated, August 16, 1954, showing Milwaukee Braves star Eddie Matthews at bat in Milwaukee County Stadium. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... (19th century - 20th century - 21st century - more centuries) Decades: 1900s 1910s 1920s 1930s 1940s 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s As a means of recording the passage of time, the 20th century was that century which lasted from 1901–2000 in the sense of the Gregorian calendar (1900–1999...

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Head coaching record

Smith had a record of 22-26 (.458) during his four-year tenure at MSU. The Spartans’ 2006 record was 4-8 (1-7 in the Big Ten). // [edit] Scheduled events [edit] September September 6-September 17: 2006 Mens World Hockey Cup September 12–September 23: 2006 FIBA World Championship for Women in Brazil September 17: NASCARs Chase for the Cup begins. ...


He has compiled a record of 132-86 (.605) in his 18 years as a college head coach. After being an assistant head coach for Dennis Erickson for seven seasons, Smith began his head coaching career in 1989 at Idaho, compiling a 53-21 record (.716) in six seasons. Under his leadership, the Idaho Vandals, then in the Big Sky, made the I-AA playoffs five times. His 53 wins are the most in school history (by 20 games). Smith left Idaho following the 1994 season, moving to Division I-A with Utah State for three seasons (16-18, .470). Smith then spent five seasons at Louisville (1998-2002), where he put together a 41-21 record (.661), including five-straight bowl appearances and back-to-back Conference USA titles in 2000-2001. After the 2002 season, John L. Smith was hired as the head football coach at Michigan State. This created controversy for two reasons: 1) Smith was hired BEFORE Louisville's bowl game that season, and 2) he didn't inform his players of the decision until halftime of this bowl game while soundly losing to Marshall. Dennis Erickson (born March 24, 1947, in Everett, Washington) is an American football coach. ... 1989 (MCMLXXXIX) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The University of Idaho is the states land-grant and primary research university, located in Moscow. ... The Big Sky Conference (or BSC) is an intercollegiate college athletic conference affiliated with the NCAA’s Division I, with football competing at the Division I-AA level. ... Division I (or DI) is the highest level of intercollegiate athletics sanctioned by the National Collegiate Athletic Association in the United States. ... Division I (or DI) is the highest level of intercollegiate athletics sanctioned by the National Collegiate Athletic Association in the United States. ... Utah State Universitys main campus is located in Logan, Utah. ... The University of Louisville (also known as U of L, Louisville, or the Ville) is a public, state-supported university located in Louisville, Kentucky, USA. It is mandated [1] by the Kentucky General Assembly to be a Preeminent Metropolitan Research University. ... 1998 (MCMXCVIII) was a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated the International Year of the Ocean. ... For album titles with the same name, see 2002 (album). ... Conference USA, officially abbreviated C-USA, is a college athletic conference which is now in the Southern United States. ... This article is about the year 2000. ... 2001: A Space Odyssey. ... For album titles with the same name, see 2002 (album). ... Marshall is the name of several places in the United States of America: Marshall, Alaska Marshall, Arkansas Marshall, Illinois Marshall, Indiana Marshall, Michigan Marshall, Minnesota Marshall, Missouri Marshall, Oklahoma Marshall, North Carolina Marshall, Texas Marshall, Virginia Marshall, Wisconsin Marshall, Dane County, Wisconsin Marshall, Richland County, Wisconsin Marshall, Rusk County, Wisconsin...


Smith ranks number 12 among active NCAA Division I-A football coaches in career victories. Division I is the highest level of intercollegiate athletics sanctioned by the National Collegiate Athletic Association in the United States. ...


Twelve of his 18 teams have participated in postseason play, including seven straight appearances from 1997-2003. Smith is one of 18 head coaches in college football history to take three different teams to bowl games. A bowl game is a post-season college football game, typically at the Division I-A level. ...


Smith, a defensive coach for most of his career, is also known as one of the disciples of the spread offense, learned from Dennis Erickson through Jack Elway and Jim Sweeney. After introducing it at Michigan State in 2003, his first season with the Spartans, Smith was named the Big Ten Conference Coach of the Year. Dennis Erickson (born March 24, 1947, in Everett, Washington) is an American football coach. ... Jack Elway (1932-2001) was an American football coach and the father of the Hall of Fame NFL quarterback, John Elway. ... See also: 2002 in sports, other events of 2003, 2004 in sports and the list of years in sports. // Auto Racing Stock car racing: Michael Waltrip wins rain-shortened Daytona 500 Winston Cup Championship won by Matt Kenseth for Ford. ... Big Ten redirects here. ...


Assistant coach

Smith began his coaching career as a graduate assistant at his alma mater, Weber State College in 1971. For the next 17 seasons, Smith was an assistant coach, first at Montana (1972-76) for five seasons then at Nevada (1977-81) for five more as the defensive coordinator. He then joined Dennis Erickson as defensive coordinator and assistant head coach for 7 seasons at three locations: Idaho (1982-85), Wyoming (1986), and Washington State (1987-88). Alma mater is Latin for nourishing mother. It was used in ancient Rome as a title for the mother goddess, and in Medieval Christianity for the Virgin Mary. ... Weber State University is a public university located in the city of Ogden in Weber County, Utah, USA. There is also a Davis County satellite campus located in Layton. ... University of Montana The University of Montana campus, 1999. ... The University of Nevada, Reno (UNR or Nevada) is a university that is located in Reno, Nevada and is known for its programs in agricultural research, animal biotechnology, and mining-related engineering and natural sciences. ... Dennis Erickson (born March 24, 1947, in Everett, Washington) is an American football coach. ... The University of Idaho is the states land-grant and primary research university, located in Moscow. ... The University of Wyoming is a land-grant university located in Laramie, Wyoming, situated on Wyomings high plains, at an elevation of 7,200 feet (2194 m), between the Laramie and Medicine Bow mountain ranges. ... Washington State University (WSU) is a major public research university in Pullman, Washington. ...


First year as head coach

When Erickson left WSU for Miami in 1989, and Idaho's Keith Gilbertson departed for an assistant's job under Don James at Washington, Smith decided to stay on the Palouse and become the head coach at neighboring Idaho. The University of Miami, sometimes called UM or The U, is a private university, founded in 1925, with its main campus in the city of Coral Gables in metropolitan Miami, Florida, in the United States. ... Keith Gilbertson was the head football coach for the University of Washington from 2003-2004. ... Don James (born December 31, 1932 in Massillon, Ohio) was a college football coach at the University of Washington. ... The University of Washington, founded in 1861, is a public research university in Seattle, Washington. ... The Palouse is a region covering approximately 16,000 sq. ... The University of Idaho is the states land-grant and primary research university, located in Moscow. ...


Smith inherited a Vandal team that went 11-2 in 1988 (I-AA semifinals) with a returning All-American quarterback in John Friesz. Despite losing the first two games of 1989 (Washington State & Portland State), Idaho would go undefeated (8-0) in Big Sky conference play, the only time in school history. The Vandals lost in the first round of the I-AA playoffs, and finished at 9-3. Senior quarterback Friesz won the Walter Payton Award for the 1989 season, and was drafted by the San Diego Chargers. John Friesz John Melvin Friesz (Born May 19, 1967) in Missoula, Montana, is a former professional football player, a retired NFL quarterback. ... The Walter Payton Award is awarded annually to the best offensive player in Division I-AA football. ... City San Diego, California Other nicknames Bolts, Super Chargers Team colors Navy Blue, White, and Gold Head Coach Marty Schottenheimer Owner Alex Spanos George Pernicano (Minority owner (3%)) General manager A.J. Smith Fight song San Diego Super Chargers League/Conference affiliations American Football League (1960-1969) Western Division (1960...


Trivia

Smith has earned a reputation for his venturesome attitude. Some of Smith's most recent adventures include:

For the album by The Teardrop Explodes, see Kilimanjaro (album). ... The Northrop T-38 Talon is a US-built supersonic jet trainer for military pilots and NASA astronauts. ... Randolph Air Force Base (Randolph AFB) is a base of the United States Air Force located in Bexar County, Texas near San Antonio. ... Greensburg is a city in Decatur County, Indiana, United States. ... An encierro in Pastrana, Spain. ... The United States Marine Corps (USMC) is a branch of the U.S. military responsible for providing power projection from the sea,[1] utilizing the mobility of the U.S. Navy to rapidly deliver combined-arms task forces to global crises. ... Quantico, Virginia is in Prince William County, 23 miles north-northeast of Fredericksburg, Virginia, near Dumfries and Stafford along Highway 619. ... City San Francisco, California Other nicknames Niners Team colors Cardinal Red, Metallic Gold and Black Head Coach Mike Nolan Owner Denise DeBartolo York and John York General manager none Mascot Sourdough Sam League/Conference affiliations All-America Football Conference (1946-1949) Western Division (1946-1948) National Football League (1950–present... Alexander D. Smith (born May 7, 1984 in Seattle, Washington, USA) is an American football quarterback for the NFLs San Francisco 49ers. ...

2006 Controversy

Smith came under fire during the 2006 season from Michigan State fans and alumni; many of them supported his dismissal as head coach. Those who supported his termination cited the following as examples:

  • Losing to Michigan 45-37 in 2004 after leading 27-10 in the 4th quarter.
  • Losing to Ohio State 35-24 in 2005 in a game that saw the Spartans take a 17-7 lead. MSU had a field goal attempt blocked and returned for a touchdown at the end of the first half. As he ran off the field, Smith blamed the coaches for the confusion on the field regarding what personnel MSU should have had (which led to the blocked kick).
  • Losing to Notre Dame on September 23, 2006, 40-37. Michigan State led 37-21 midway through the fourth quarter. Many point to Smith and the coaching staff for poor playcalling that led to the collapse.
  • Losing to Illinois on September 30, 2006, 23-20, on Homecoming. Illinois had not won a Big Ten game since 2004. After the game, Illinois and Michigan State players fought at midfield after several Illinois players tried to plant their team flag at midfield of Spartan Stadium. In the postgame press conference, Smith admitted the coaches were having trouble motivating the players, a statement that is being compared to those of Bobby Williams in 2002 before he was fired. Smith also slapped himself in the face (jokingly) as a reference to a previous claim by Notre Dame head coach Charlie Weis where he stated that he had been hit in the face by a Michigan State player during the 2006 contest. Video evidence later proved the allegation false however despite the lie the incident and the slap that followed strangely contributed to the Spartan's demise.
  • Losing to Indiana 46-21 on October 28, 2006. Indiana has one of the Big Ten's worst football teams, having only recorded two Conference Championships and no National Championships in their 106th year of affiliation with the Big Ten Conference. Their last bowl appearance was a 45-20 loss against Virginia Tech in the 1993 Independence Bowl.

On November 1st 2006, John L. Smith was fired from his coaching job at Michigan State University, though he coached until the end of the 2006 season.


Smith was credited by some with at least taking the program to a better place. The team GPA rose higher that it had been in decades, athletes were going to class, and MSU had the most academic all Big Ten selections of any team in the conference in 2005 including 2 Academic All Americans. Saddly the success off the field didn't coincide with success on the field.


Smith was replaced by Mark Dantonio, former head coach of Cinncinati, on Monday November 27, 2006.


External links

Preceded by:
Keith Gilbertson
Idaho Head Football Coach
19891994
Succeeded by:
Chris Tormey
Preceded by:
Charlie Weatherbie
Utah State Head Football Coach
19951997
Succeeded by:
Dave Arslanian
Preceded by:
Ron Cooper
Louisville Head Football Coach
19982002
Succeeded by:
Bobby Petrino
Preceded by:
Bobby Williams
Michigan State Head Football Coach
20032006
Succeeded by:
Mark Dantonio

 
 

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