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John L. Smith and Kentucky State (D-II) have parted ways

Kentucky State announced today that they've made the decision to part ways with head coach John L. Smith.

“I want to thank Coach Smith for bringing his time, talents and his dedication to the Hill and the football student-athletes at Kentucky State University and for his sincere commitment to higher education and ‘Life in the Balance,’” Kentucky State University Director of Athletics Etienne M. Thomas said in their release. “I have enjoyed the brief time we have served together at Kentucky State and pray for all God’s blessings for he and his family in this next chapter.”

In his first season at Kentucky State in 2016, Smith led the program to a runner-up finish in conference play. He went 4-7 year one, 3-7 last year, and was winless this season at 0-10.

Defensive coordinator Kevin Weston will serve as interim head coach.

Smith, the former head coach at Louisville, Michigan State, and Arkansas, was 9-25 overall with the program. Along with the stops just touched on, he also had previous head coaching stops at Fort Lewis (2013-15), Utah State (1995-97), and Idaho (1989-94).

Overall as a head coach, he was 150-113 at those six different stops.

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