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Jess Smith, who was an assistant at Russellville from 2017-19, said he always wanted to be the head coach and couldn't pass up the chance to lead the Golden Tigers. [JESS SMITH]

Jess Smith was having some trouble falling asleep Monday night. He knew what was going to happen Tuesday, but he could not contain his excitement.

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