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Bad losses, negative headlines doom Smith

John L. Smith lived an unpredictable life off the field during his tenure at the helm of Michigan State. His Spartans teams were just as inconsistent on it, writes Mark Schlabach.

Updated: November 1, 2006, 4:56 PM ET
By Mark Schlabach | ESPN.com

Michigan State coach John L. Smith climbed the 19,340-foot peak of Mount Kilimanjaro, but couldn't topple Michigan or Ohio State.

Smith ran in front of the bulls in Pamplona, Spain, but couldn't stay ahead of Notre Dame -- even when his Spartans led the Fighting Irish by 16 points with less than 22 minutes to play.

Smith skydived from more than 14,000 feet in Greensburg, Ind., of all places, but couldn't keep his team from free-falling against the Hoosiers, a week after Michigan State ...

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