John L Smith to accept offer from Michigan State

ESPN is reporting that Smith is headed to Big Ten country to take over the ailing Spartan program. Offer reportedly worth $1.1 million per year.

According to ESPN, John L. Smith will accept Michigan State's offer to become the next head coach in East Lansing.  Smith just wrapped up his 5th season at Louisville tonight in the GMAC Bowl in Mobile, Alabama with a lopsided loss to the Marshall Thundering Herd.

Since arriving in Louisville 5 years ago, Smith has taken the Cards to 5 straight bowl appearances and won the Conference USA title in 2000 and 2001.  In those five seasons, Smith's overall record of 41-21 ranks as the third most career wins by any Cardinal coach behind only Frank Camp and the legendary, Howard Schnellenberger.  Smith's bowl record of 1-4 was anything but spectacular, though his 2001 team claimed the Liberty Bowl Championship by defeating a ranked BYU team 28-10 in Memphis.

Now the attention turns to the search for Smith's replacement and the 19th head coach in Louisville football history.

Stay tuned to Inside theVille as we'll bring you minute by minute coverage until the next coach is introduced.

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