Bobby Petrino to coach Western Kentucky

Bobby Petrino was fired by Arkansas after a motorcycle wreck exposed his extramarital affair. (AP Photo)

Bobby Petrino was fired by Arkansas after a motorcycle wreck exposed his extramarital affair. (AP Photo)


Bobby Petrino on Monday was named the new head coach at Western Kentucky.

The Bowling Green Ky. school said in an announcement that the former Arkansas, Louisville and Atlanta Falcons coach will replace Willie Taggart, who left for the head coaching job at South Florida. The school said Petrino would be introduced at a press conference later Monday.

Western Kentucky has scheduled a press conference for 5 p.m. Monday.

Petrino was fired as Arkansas earlier this year after it was revealed that he hired his mistress for a job in the Athletic Department’s football office.

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athensdawg

December 10th, 2012
1:33 pm

rpollardrealtor

December 10th, 2012
1:33 pm

unbelievable a school would hire this man to groom young men 18-21 year olds. This is a shame and dang crying shame.

Ghost of Evel Knievel

December 10th, 2012
1:35 pm

Better to learn to ride that motorcycle before you hop on it again! lol

athensdawg

December 10th, 2012
1:40 pm

Over/under on games coached before he bolts for next job?

Notso Fast

December 10th, 2012
1:40 pm

It’s all about winning. Forget character. I hope WK is proud.

Predatory Lender

December 10th, 2012
1:44 pm

We talk’n football or volleyball?

Predatory Lender

December 10th, 2012
1:44 pm

Is Damon Evans the AD?

Me

December 10th, 2012
1:45 pm

Like athensdawg said, this is only to get his name back out there in the coaching world. I say 2 years.

WayDownFromSEC

December 10th, 2012
1:47 pm

Look at the bright side Petrino! Kentucky has some hot chicks!!!

BC

December 10th, 2012
1:50 pm

I am sure they did a background check!!!!

Character is EVERYTHING

December 10th, 2012
1:53 pm

Just ask Damon Evans, Jim Donnan and the Harrick family!!!

#Big Red

December 10th, 2012
1:56 pm

I think it’s possible he is being brought in as a replacement for the mascot. Google Western Kentucky mascot, whose name is “Big Red”, and then look at the photo of Petrino found above. Hmmm….

#Too Hilly

December 10th, 2012
1:58 pm

Bobby, given your motorcycle skills, shouldn’t you have picked a state with less curvy roads…maybe in the midwest somewhere?

jprice

December 10th, 2012
2:00 pm

incredibly poor hire. What is W Kentucky thinking? I agree with you rpollardrealtor

Only in Sports

December 10th, 2012
2:01 pm

We are a country of forgiveness and almost everyone gets a second chance especially after they have paid a penalty!

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Todd Cunningham

December 10th, 2012
2:04 pm

U get what u pay for..Trash is what u got!

DC

December 10th, 2012
2:09 pm

If Western Kentucky University hires Bobby Petrino he would be known as the head “He’ll-top-her”.

gadem

December 10th, 2012
2:10 pm

I am glad that he finally got a job. I am sure he is sorry that he got caught or sorry that he did it.

WILLIE MARTINEZ

December 10th, 2012
2:10 pm

Wonder if hes looking for a DC

Cats hav fleas 2

December 10th, 2012
2:14 pm

Dads…withdraw your daughters from WKU immediately!

Dr. Phil

December 10th, 2012
2:18 pm

Adultery is very, very popular in the Bowling Green area.

Coach Petrino will fit in well there and be an asset to the community.

Jock Sniffer

December 10th, 2012
2:18 pm

Winning is the only thing that matters.

RaleighDawg

December 10th, 2012
2:22 pm

I understand that Jessica Dorrell is giving him a ride…

Jock Sniffer

December 10th, 2012
2:23 pm

This just in….Damon “Red Panties” Evans was selected as the AD at Western Kentucky.

Bo Bo

December 10th, 2012
2:24 pm

Great, now I have a fall back position if this thing at UGA doesn’t work out.

Say Whut

December 10th, 2012
2:25 pm

Great “Roll Model,” if you ar etalking about an extra-marital roll in the hay.
“Directional” schools have it harder.

Rick James

December 10th, 2012
2:26 pm

He’ll be back in the SEC in two years..

clint

December 10th, 2012
2:26 pm

I bet ya a dime at the presser he says W KY was always his dream job. What a guy!

GDOG55

December 10th, 2012
2:29 pm

Does anyone know how much Bobby Petrino had to pay Western Kentucky to coach there? My guess he will coach there 1 year and bolt to a head coach position at a high school somewhere and finally head coach at the pee wee level. Never seen a coach go from the top down as fast as Petrino.

FYI I just received info why and how Tuberville ended up at Cincinnati. Tubby first applied at Agnes Scott college in Atlanta, and the immediately turned him down. Why? There were many reason but the major one was that Agnes Scott doesn’t have a football team. Well he thought about it for a min and then figured out that he would not have anyone to slap. So he took the Cincinnati job.

SuperB

December 10th, 2012
2:29 pm

Petrino and Petraeus are double-dating Friday night Their freshman dates are taking them to a One Direction concert in Nashville.

RBM

December 10th, 2012
2:30 pm

What a joke that any school would hire that bafoon. Loser Loser Loser

spanky

December 10th, 2012
2:30 pm

Athensdawg, there’s no question at all!! It all depends on the next SEC program that panics after next year! He will be conveniently available…by process of elimination, here are the scenerios:
1) he waits for Spurrier’s eventual retirement, Carolina. Scary!
2) Tennessee…who knows? Anything can happen, just ask pretty-boy Kif!
3) Dan Mullen bolts for an NFL gig, leaving Missy State with empty arms.
4) …same with Gus Malzahn at Aubarn.
5) …same with a very fed-up Kentucky program.

Either way, I give it a year….

KBP

December 10th, 2012
2:32 pm

Glad Vols did not hire Petrino and I hope Saban goes to the Browns! I don’t condone what Petrino did to his family but that does not tarnish his ability as a coach. If he is not a tyrant as a coach and if my son was a big-time QB recruit, I’d let him play for Petrino because he can develop QB’s. I don’t need him to set my sons’ moral compass. I just need him to not speak against it. Expecting coaches to be moral role models is a bit of a stretch especially if you do not know if their moral values agree with yours. Why do we automatically assume adults qualify to be moral role models to non-adults in any walk of life? Petrino has asked for forgiveness from his family and Razorback nation and probably is making improvements in his life and to that end I would give him another shot. I feel the same way about Rick Petino at Louisville. It is the unremorseful, unrepentant, individuals who I will not give an ounce of consideration to.

KBP

December 10th, 2012
2:34 pm

@DC. . . Hilarious comment!

Rezner74

December 10th, 2012
2:36 pm

He will end up at Missouri…BANK IT!!

Jim

December 10th, 2012
2:37 pm

One of HBCUs should hire Damon Evans with his contacts and AD skills; he could help create a top 20 program! If any the HBCUs would commit to having top flight AD, basketball, and football coaches, the sky could be the limit!
Western Kentucky clearly wants to move to the next level.. Bobby P. CAN coach!

ok

December 10th, 2012
2:37 pm

and how many of you love Bill Clinton??

spanky

December 10th, 2012
2:39 pm

KBP- gotta agree with you on that! I still hate the guy for leaving my Falcons DURING THE SEASON, all while lying to his boss and fans…. however, consenting adults do whatever they want to do…role-models should be parents!

spanky

December 10th, 2012
2:40 pm

ok, thought slick Willie was a great prez!

mgdawg

December 10th, 2012
2:48 pm

I would be ashamed if I was a graduate, student, fan, or employee at western kentucky. Some people act like this is the first thing he did. He interviewed at auburn while tubberville still had the job, he left the falcons in the middle of the season, and hired his mistress and lied to the AD about it. How can you trust the guy?

GDOG55

December 10th, 2012
2:48 pm

Petrino has no shelf life as a coach. At best all he is good for is a stop gap coach. Shore up a struggling team and leave or get fired. It’s a shame that he could go on with his career as a coach, win National championships galore but all people will remember is that he cheats on his wife and can’t ride a motorcycle and have sex at the same time. What a waste!!

ahsoisee

December 10th, 2012
2:52 pm

I see no problem with him getting a second chance if someone is willing to offer it. He may eventually be back at a bigger college or Western Kentuky might become a bigger college.

If I were the AD, I would set some rules of conduct, and he would be gone if he broke them. First, all female candidates for his staff would have to go through my selection. I would make sure any of the female staff support were not nice looking dolls. I would also make it clear that he would be dismissed if he was found cheating on his wife.

There is nothing wrong with these demands on him, he created them himself.

mgdawg

December 10th, 2012
2:58 pm

I understand parents should be role models, but you are fooling yourself if you think a person put in authority such as head coach isn’t going to be a role model. There are plenty of other coaches with a much better track record that can train your kid to get in the NFL. What QB has he worked with that is currently doing anything in the NFL?

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Jess

December 10th, 2012
3:10 pm

Top THESE Hills, Coach Petrino!

TOP!

THESE!

HILLS!

Mr. Obvious

December 10th, 2012
3:12 pm

With all the fat chicks they have in the Bowling Green metropolitan area, Coach Petrino’s “Calling the Hogs” mating call that worked so well in Arkansas will make him quite the ladies man in K-Y.

KBP

December 10th, 2012
3:30 pm

mgdawg . . .The authority a head coach has is as a head coach and it’s related contractual responsibilites. I don’t see being a role model as a related contractual responsibility. Let me say this, I would rather have a coach whose morals I agree with than not. It’s up to the individual kid as to whether or not that he expects the coach to be a role model. I have authority figures in my profession but I do not see them as role models beyond my profession. I would not work with them if their personal lives were to be modeled but their level of competence, work ethic, and commitment is definitley worth modeling. There is just no direct correlation to me between authority figure and moral role model.

Athens

December 10th, 2012
4:37 pm

Good luck coach….Move on and be better from your mistakes.