Smile though your heart is aching
Smile even though it’s breaking
When there are clouds in the sky, you’ll get by
If you smile through your fear and sorrow
Smile and maybe tomorrow
You’ll see the sun come shining through for you
Arkansas interim coach John L. Smith must be a fan of the 1954 Nat King Cole song, judging by his comments to the media at his press conference this week.
The Razorbacks began the season with hopes of an SEC and possible national championship, even after their head coach Bobby Petrino was fired after a motorcycle wreck in which he was accompanied by a lady friend who was not his wife.
But under Smith, Arkansas is looking like it might not even be the champion of the state, after a shocking upset by Louisiana Monroe and a 52-0 embarrassment by Alabama. The Razorbacks have been able to celebrate only one win — a 49-24 win over Jacksonville State in their opener.
Still, Coach Smith is in no mood to pout, and he advised glum reporters to cheer up, as seen on a video that’s gone viral.
You gotta admire Smith’s spirit, especially when you consider what he’s going through in his personal life.
Bankruptcy documents filed in federal court Wednesday show he has $25.7 million in liabilities against only $1.2 million in assets, most of which is tied up in retirement funds, USA Today reported.
The 63-year-old Smith, who filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy earlier this month, said he has just $300 in cash on hand and $500 in his checking account, USA Today reported.
Smith has said his financial problems stem from real estate investment losses between 1998 and 2002, when he was head coach at Louisville.