The following statement is from former Arkansas coach Bobby Petrino and was sent by his agent, Russ Campbell:
"I think Jeff Long made a great hire. While there were several outstanding internal candidates, John L. brings a lot of head coaching experience to the table that will help Arkansas transition. He will unify the staff, the team and the Razorback fan base. I wish Coach Smith, his staff and the Arkansas football team the very best."
(April 23, 2012)