John L. Smith was waffling over the weekend.
Take the offer to coach Arkansas? Or stay at the job he'd just accepted a few months earlier at Weber State?
Smith, a 63-year-old football lifer, was racked by indecision and stress. Could he really leave his alma mater before coaching a single game? How bad would the backlash be in Odgen? How dicey would the situation be in Fayetteville?
When his wife, Diana, broke into tears, Smith's choice was clear.
"You've worked your entire life to maybe one day have an opportunity to coach a team with a chance to win a title," she told her husband. "Realize where you are in your career. You're not going to get another chance.
"This is what you're going to do: You're going to take that job."
So he did. In a surreal twist to Smith's career path, he went from the obscurity of Odgen and an FCS program to the caldron of the SEC and a national top-10 team.
"It's been a whirlwind," Smith told Yahoo! Sports on Tuesday.
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