Arkansas coach’s ‘Smile’ video goes viral

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.

23 comments Add your comment


September 20th, 2012
8:42 am

……and he left a job making twice what he’s making at Arkansas….?

Someone should slap him again.

gator Jim Bob

September 20th, 2012
8:59 am

This guy ain’t seen the ball since kick-off!! Too bad for the Hogs, they deserve better,


September 20th, 2012
9:05 am

‘Smile’ was a minor hit by Mr. Cole then, but its not from 1954 and its not from Mr. Cole. It was written by that little funny man that we never heard. Look it up–it will surprise you.

Joel Provano

September 20th, 2012
9:10 am

Nice bit of trivia, 333. But Nat did hit the charts with it in 1954.


September 20th, 2012
9:11 am

The hogs deserve exactly what they have.

Smiling All The Time

September 20th, 2012
9:13 am

Yes, 333 is correct. I knew this also. The song was 18 years old by the time Mr. Cole sang it. But I won’t spoil the surprise… look up to see who wrote it. 333, do you suppose he ever sang it? ;)


September 20th, 2012
9:23 am

I think the use of the term “gone viral” has gone viral…and it’s getting soooooo old.

And yes, the music was composed by Charlie Chaplin. However, the lyrics and title were added in 1954, and Nat King Cole’s version peaked at No. 10 in the US that same year (No. 2 in the UK). Not too shabby.


September 20th, 2012
10:27 am

Oh hey an Arkansas article! Where people talk about everything except Arkansas football. Guess he should sing ‘Unforgettable’ next week.


September 20th, 2012
10:48 am

From what I read Mr. Chaplin composed the music, while John Turner and Geoffrey Parsons added the lyrics and title in 1954, which was sung by Nat King Cole.

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September 20th, 2012
11:14 am

Who cares,Willy Nelson sings his next theme song……ON THE ROAD AGAIN!!!


September 20th, 2012
11:21 am

Why is anyone (including me) reading Joel’s articles after he bashed Missouri fans for being nice last week? Sportsmanship doesn’t matter to this guy.

Joel Provano

September 20th, 2012
11:43 am

Lydias, I think everyone by now realizes that article was written with tongue in cheek. Well, almost everyone.


September 20th, 2012
11:43 am

“Smile” is also used on the annual Jerry Lewis MDA Telethon as the telethon’s theme song. Maybe John L should have a Telethon of his own to raise money for his plight.

Ted Striker

September 20th, 2012
12:49 pm

Joel –

Good read. Kudos given when kudos due.

Disappointed you’re still defending yourself over the Mizzou article. You’re entitled to your opinion however if you were trying to be tongue in cheek you severely screwed it up.

Mel A. Tonin

September 20th, 2012
2:53 pm

Who gives a rats fat a$$ who wrote the song!? I’m P.O.’d that we don’t get that stock pic. of Petrino’s cute blonde girlfriend every other day in the AJC anymore! She’s purty! Oh, and where’s my Obama money for this month??


September 20th, 2012
5:15 pm

I have found that the masses don’t understand sarcasm when they hear it or when they read it. If it’s not spelled out like “See Spot run,” then you have failed to meet your audience. Jonathan Swift had the same problem in merry olde England.


September 20th, 2012
5:16 pm

“Mel A. Tonin” – you can find your girlfriend in South Carolina. Go pay her a call. I’m sure if you have money, she will be interested in showing you a good time.


September 20th, 2012
5:21 pm

ie the Idot!


September 20th, 2012
5:21 pm

Fire the idiot!


September 20th, 2012
7:25 pm

The Pig Nation is trying to line him up with a motorcycle and a dumb blond. Heck Ray Goof could do better than this.

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September 20th, 2012
9:44 pm

It was Charlie Chaplin who wrote the music to “Smile.” the lyrics were written in 1954 by James John Turner Phillips and Geoffrey Parsons (WHO?).