December 9, 2013
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) -- John L. Smith had no problem saying the words "national championship" less than two months ago.
Mired in a four-game losing streak, the interim Arkansas coach struck a far different tone Monday as the Razorbacks prepared to face Auburn.
Smith says, "We've got one goal, and that's to get a win."Smith's revamped goal is no certainty at this point, not for an Arkansas team whose free fall from elite to Southeastern Conference bottom feeder has been as shocking as it's been sudden.
The days of championship talk and Heisman Trophy hopefuls seem so long ago for the Razorbacks, who have lost four in a row for the first time since 2004. Even more telling is how bad Arkansas has looked during its skid, a point that was hammered home during a 58-10 loss last week to Texas A&M.