It is now looking more and more like disgraced former Arkansas coach Bobby Petrino will be coaching somewhere in 2013.
However, it will not be in the SEC. After reportedly showing interest for the open Kentucky job, the Wildcats instead brought in one of the nation’s premier defensive coordinators in Florida State’s Mark Stoops.
Instead, Petrino is looking to break back into the coaching ranks at a few smaller schools, and at the same time there is now more than one expressing interest in bringing Petrino aboard.
After all, he is one of the premier offensive minds in the nation, despite his off-field tendencies.
Petrino and Arkansas State have expressed a mutual interest, especially considering Petrino’s obvious ties to the state, but as of early Monday afternoon a new player has jumped into the mix.
Western Kentucky recently lost a rising star in the coaching ranks in Willie Taggert, who made the move to the South Florida Bulls, and now it sounds like the Hilltoppers’ athletic department is swinging for the fences.
“(Former Arkansas head coach) Bobby Petrino is on the campus of Western Kentucky University,” Chad Bishop of Bowling Green Daily News reported.
With the nation’s bigger programs passing on Petrino due to the motorcycle crash-heard-round-the-world (of course, having his mistress along for the ride did him no favors in getting canned at Arky) a few years at a smaller school may be just what the doctor ordered to help Petrino rehab his shattered image.
The man wants to get back into coaching badly, and a program such as Western Kentucky would benefit mightily from the type of exposure Petrino would bring to campus.
Source: Brent Sobleski
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