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April 23, 2012
Arkansas to hire coach with 49ers ties (but it isn't Greg Roman)

It appears the man that Arkansas is hiring to be its interim head coach has ties to the 49ers. But the school isn't zeroing in on offensive coordinator Greg Roman. Instead, the Associated Press reports that Arkansas is hiring former Michigan State and Louisville coach John L. Smith, who is quarterback Alex Smith's uncle.

Roman interviewed for openings at Tulane and Penn State this year, and the New Jersey native also was eyeing the opening at Rutgers. If Roman were to move on, it's likely that quarterbacks coach Geep Chryst would take over the 49ers' play-calling duties.

Earlier this month, Arkansas fired coach Bobby Petrino, who hired a woman with whom he was having an affair. That relationship began to leak after the two were involved in an April 1 motorcycle accident.

-- Matt Barrows


Matt was born in Blacksburg, Va., and attended the University of Virginia. He graduated in 1995, went to Northwestern for a journalism degree a year later, and got his first job at a South Carolina daily in 1997. He joined The Bee as a Metro reporter in 1999 and started covering the 49ers in 2003. His favorite player of all time is Darrell Green.


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