Fayetteville, Ark. – Arkansas Razorback offensive coordinator Paul Petrino is expected to be named the new head coach at Idaho on Monday per the Idaho Press-Tribune.
Petrino will take over for Robb Akey. Akey was fired on Oct. 21 the day after Louisiana Tech beat the Vandals 70-28.
The Vandals finished the 2012 season 1-11, and 1-5 in the Western Athletic Conference.
Petrino returns to Idaho after an 18-year absence. After completing a wildly successful NAIA career which saw Petrino be named all-conference and all-region four times and NAIA Player of the Year in 1988. In 1990 he took over at his alma mater, Carroll College, as quarterbacks coach and offensive coordinator for two seasons before joining John L. Smith’s Vandals staff as a special teams, running backs, and receivers assistant from 1992-1994.
Twice Petrino was on the Arkansas staff as offensive coordinator. His first tenure in Fayetteville was from 2008-2009 and this year, 2012.
The Bobby Petrino and/or the John L. Smith coaching tree continues to grow. The offensive coordinator for the Hogs in 2011, Garrick McGee, was named head coach at UA-Birmingham at the conclusion of the Razorbacks regular season.
Petrino was one of two finalist winning the job over Central Washington head coach Blaine Bennett.