I find this news, and the news about the Tomahawks squad generally, really disappointing. I don't think anything bar family crisis could justify what Brian Smith has apparently done, frankly. (And no family crisis has been reported) I do hope an alternative coach is found but I wouldn't be surprised if the USA pulled out of the comp as I'm not sure how they could possibly perform without a coach.
As for the squad, Steve Mascord said on Twitter that one of the pacific island teams ahead of one international comp (can't remember which one, although he did mention it) threatened to sue the rugby league authorities for allowing amateur players to play against fulltime professionals. That is a good point. Players like the fabulously named Apple Pope are amateur players. We wouldn't allow amateurs versus full timers in this country; we can't really justify it at international level. The risk of serious injury would be too high. However, it is still disappointing not to have some real live Americans in the team or at least coming over with them, perhaps to promote the side while they are over here.
Either way, rugby league seems to shoot itself in the foot no matter where it is played in the world!