John L. Smith explains why he wants you to smile
Posted by: Chris Vannini on September 20, 2012
John L. Smith went viral again this week when he entered his weekly press conference and yelled at the media to smile, or he wasn't talking.
On his radio show Wednesday night, Smith explained those comments.
"We talk to our football team and our players all the time about body language and what does your body language portray," he said, according to Arkansas News. "If you have negative language it's going to exude nothing but defeat. In fact, I met with one of our players right afterward and said you know you're walking off the field with your head down and your chin on the floor. That exudes nothing but defeat.
"But the alternative is to be positive. To throw your shoulders back, to look up, to maybe smile once in awhile and exude a little positive body language. And then that will exude the opposite: Winning. OK? How do you get anything accomplished in life if you're negative?
"So I walk in, the media, you know that's kind of like walking in and addressing my football team. You look ... What is going on? Everybody's head is down. It's like we're crying. These guys (referring to his players) will tell you, I'll say, 'Hey, turn, sit up, pay attention. Put a smile on your face. We're going to get something accomplished.' And that's what I would've told you guys (again referring to players).
"So that's kind of what happened. I walked in there and, my goodness, I've never felt so much negativity coming at me in a long, long time. So I said, 'Hey, put a smile on your face. Let's go get something accomplished. Let's get better.' You know?"
Smith would go on to say that it doesn't mean he's not serious about the game and asked if people would expect him to say Nick Saban just ripped his heart out.
The Razorbacks look to get back on track against Rutgers this weekend.
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