John L. Smith, the 10-month rental replacement for Bobby Petrino, was introduced to the Arkansas media and fans at a press conference earlier today. By all accounts, it went swimmingly, as Smith was engaging and funny without seeming too crazy, which he totally is, and he embraced the idea that he will only be there for 10 months before stepping aside.
So, for now, all appears good and right at Arkansas, but, given the disposition of the Arkansas fanbase, that should last until the first FOIA request turns up nothing because Smith hasn't used communication technology since 1994 ("WHAT IS HE HIDING, Y'ALL?"). However, one of the most interesting bits of information gleamed from Smith's arrival so far is that Smith intentionally mispronounces running back Knile Davis' name, calling him "Kuh-Nile" instead of "Nile," as he did in the press conference. Davis was asked about it later:
In fact, here's video of Smith's reaction to the first time he heard about this silent "K" business:
Other silent "K" words he finds so fascinating that he makes sure he uses them at least once a day:
- Knight of the Round Table
And "K" words that do not include a silent "K," but he usually pronounces with a silent "K:"
- Kenny Rogers