Smith died Monday following a lengthy illness, two newspapers reported. Smith had been diagnosed with leukemia, the Tucson Citizen and the Arizona Daily Star reported on their Web sites. He died at a Tucson hospital.
Smith also coached at Tulane, Arizona and Missouri and had a 143-126-7 record. His teams appeared in 10 bowl games in which he was 3-6-1.
Regardless of how his tenure ended it is always tragic when there is a loss of life.
Rest in Peace Coach.