Missouri State University has announced the hiring of Bobby Petrino as the new head football coach.
Petrino has a career coaching record of 119-56 on the college level. He’s been a head coach at Arkansas, Western Kentucky, and two stints at Louisville. He last coached in 2018 with Louisville, being fired after a 2-8 season, despite an overall 36-26 mark in five seasons.
In Petrino’s career as a head coach, he’s only had two losing seasons out of 14 total seasons; a 5-7 mark in his first year at Arkansas and 2-8 in his last season at Louisville. His overall career head coaching record is 119-56.
Petrino has also had controversy during his career. In 2007, after signing a contract extension with the University of Louisville, he left to take the head coaching job with the NFL’s Atlanta Falcons. He only stayed with the team for 13 games, with a 3-10 record, before he announced his resignation to take the head coaching position at the University of Arkansas.
In 2012, Petrino was involved with a motorcycle crash where he was riding with a former Arkansas volleyball player that he had hired to a position in the Razorback Foundation. Petrino had initially lied and said he was alone on the motorcycle, but when a police report was about to be released, Petrino admitted that not only was the woman with him but that he was engaged in an extra-marital affair with her.
Petrino was fired after an investigation by Arkansas athletic director Jeff Long found that Petrino’s deception about the accident and the relationship with the woman he hired were grounds for termination.
Petrino later apologized publicly to members of the team and the University. He sat for an interview on ESPN where he did not make excuses for his actions.
His career since the Arkansas incident has been controversy-free.
Missouri State Director of Athletics Kyle Moats is familiar with Petrino, having served as the associate director of athletics for national marketing at the University of Louisville from 2005 until he came to MSU in May 2009.
Missouri State President Clif Smart called Petrino “one of the best football coaches in America” in a tweet Tuesday night teasing Petrino’s hiring. The University will be holding a press conference on Thursday to officially introduce Petrino as the 21st head football coach, replacing Dave Steckel, who was relieved of his duties after a 1-10 season and a career 13-42 record.