Smith came in saying all the right things but once the season arrived, the Razorbacks stumbled almost immediately suffering the worst upset in school history when Louisiana-Monroe knocked off the Hogs in week two.
"I guess it was not a very good plan and very good execution," Smith said after the game.
The next week, #1 Alabama handed the Hogs the worst home loss in school history, 52-0.
"The blame is here," Smith said afterward as he pointed to his chest.
He compounded the problem at his weekly press conference when chided the gathered media to smile in his opening remarks. Only a quarter of the way into the season, Hog fans already started calling for his firing, but Smith didn't care.
"I don't listen to that crap," he said when asked about it.
After another home loss, Smith's mouth got him in trouble yet again when speaking to the Little Rock Touchdown club.
"Don't give up on those players," he told the crowd. "Don't give up on us. It's our program. It's the state of Alabama program."
Through all the turmoil, slim bowl hopes lingered into late October, but Arkansas closed the season with four losses in the final five games.
Saturday, Jeff Long announced John L. Smith's dismissal. The nightmare is over, but the awful record will remain in the archives forever.