Former Arkansas Razorback head football coach Bobby Petrino will take over as the head coach at University of Western Kentucky per reports from the Bowling Green Daily News.
Petrino coached the Razorbacks from 2008 through the 2011 season until dismissed after a motorcycle accident on April 1, revealed he was having an affair with one of his employees, Jessica Dorrell.
While overseeing the Arkansas program, Petrino posted a 34-17 mark with a 10-win season in 2010 that ended in the school’s first BCS Bowl Game appearance (Sugar Bowl). In 2011 he won 11 games finishing the season ranked No. 5 in the nation after beating Kansas State in the Cotton Bowl.
Petrino sat out the 2012 college football season after Arkansas Athletic Director Jeff Long fired Petrino for cause ultimately replacing him with interim head coach John L. Smith.
WKU hired the embattled coach after Willie Taggart left the Hilltoppers to take over as head coach at University of South Florida.
Razorback Nation can rest easy for now as their once beloved head coach will not be competing directly against them for the foreseeable future as a head coach for a rival SEC team.
Petrino returns to Kentucky as a coach for the third time. In 1998 he was the offensive coordinator at Louisville before taking a position as quarterback’s coach with the Jacksonville Jaguars and then returned to the Cardinals in 2003 after spending two years as the Jags offensive coordinator and one year as OC for the Auburn Tigers.
As head coach of the Cardinals in 2004 he won a conference title in Conference USA winning 11-games and won another conference title in 2006 this time as part of the Big East Conference posting a 12-1 overall record.
Western Kentucky finished the 2012 college football season 7-5 and 4-4 in the Sun Belt Conference.
Western Kentucky will play in their first bowl game since becoming a FBS member against Central Michigan in the Little Caesars Bowl on Wednesday Dec. 26.
The media fallout from WKU hiring Petrino should be fierce over the next few days but the bottom line is Petrino is a great coach and is a proven winner. The rest of Petrino’s off field baggage comes with more wins and fewer losses when he’s on the sidelines.