Former Tigers star Justin Smith leaves position as volunteer within weight room

Smith starred in Columbia as a defensive lineman
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Former Missouri and NFL standout Justin Smith came onto the staff this past August as an assistant to the strength coach. Head coach Gary Pinkel surely hoped Smith could share some of the tutelage which made him an All-Pro defensive lineman during his time with the San Francisco 49ers. 

Fast-forward to October, and this scenario is no longer a possibility. 

Smith left his position as a weight room assistant, per a report from the News Tribune. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch also reported Smith making $1,200 a month in this position. 

The Missouri Athletics Department is hopeful Smith will rejoin the program at a later date down the line.