MSU Board of Trustees approves Smith's appointment as football coach

Contact: Terry Denbow, Vice President for University Relations, (517) 355-2262,

Dec 23, 2002

EAST LANSING, Mich. - The Michigan State University Board of Trustees today unanimously approved the appointment of John L. Smith as head football coach.

Smith, 54, who previously coached at University of Louisville, Utah State University and University of Idaho, will succeed Bobby Williams. His appointment is effective Jan. 1, 2003.

"John L. Smith is a leader - and a winner," MSU athletics director Ron Mason said. "He is a coach who knows that the key to success is hard work, who believes that no individual is bigger than the team and who welcomes the challenges and opportunities that come with coaching in the Big Ten. We're pleased to welcome him to the Spartan athletics program."

A native of Idaho Falls, Idaho, Smith has a bachelor's degree from Weber State - where he played quarterback and linebacker on the football team - and a master's degree from the University of Montana, both in physical education.