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Extra! John L. Smith Pulls Name from UI Search

John L. Smith is no longer in the running for the football coaching job at the University of Idaho. “It’s just not the right time,” Smith said Monday night in a telephone interview from his home in Michigan. “I hope people understand in the worst way I’d like to go back, but I just don’t think it can happen right now.” Smith was believed to be a leading candidate to replace Dennis Erickson, who left Idaho after one season for Arizona State. Smith had discussions with Idaho officials for two days before making his decision — Jim Meehan/Idaho Vandals (Complete story here).

DFO: If you want to know up to the minute what’s going on with the UI coach search, Dennis Erickson at Arizona State, or other names on UI’s list, you have to read Jim Meehan’s Idaho Vandals blog here.

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