SPRINGFIELD, Missouri (AP) – Bobby Petrino, a coach with a track record of field success and shame off the field, will be the next coach of the state of Missouri.
Springfield University said Wednesday that Petrino, 58, will be presented at a news conference on Thursday. It will replace Dave Steckel, who was fired last week after winning just 13 games in five seasons.
Petrino has a record 119-56 in 14 seasons in Arkansas, Western Kentucky and Louisville. He also spent part of a season coaching the NFL Atlanta Falcons, where he coached 13 games in 2007, before abruptly resigning.
Petrino it was 31-9 in Louisville from 2003-06, including an Orange Bowl win after the 2006 season. He went out to train the Falcons, where he couldn't even last a season. He resigned with three games left to return to college training in Arkansas.
Their departure angered Falcons players both at the moment and in the way they were treated: the players showed up midweek to find a card of Petrino.
"Out of my respect for you, I am reporting that with a heavy heart I resigned today as the head coach of the Atlanta Falcons," the letter read.
Petrino He was between 34 and 17 in four seasons in Arkansas, leading the school to the Sugar Bowl after the 2010 season and the final grade # 5 the following season, when the Razorbacks won 11 games.
A few months after the season ended, Arkansas fans were excited to see where the show was going, Petrino was injured in a motorcycle accident that exposed an extramarital affair with a sports department official. Petrino originally said he was walking alone, but later revealed that the woman was fleeting and that they were involved in a relationship. Petrino He was fired.
He was out of football in 2012 before resurfacing in western Kentucky. The Hilltoppers were 8-4 in 2013 and beat Kentucky in Petrino's only season there. He was rehired in Louisville for the 2014 season.
He had initial success in Louisville. During the 2016 season, the cardinals went 9-4, reached number 3 in the AP survey, and won the then no. 2 State of Florida, 63-20. Second quarterback Lamar Jackson, now one of the Baltimore Ravens' highlights, won the Heisman Trophy, and Louisville shared the ACC Atlantic Division title with Clemson.
But after 8-5 in 2017, the bottom fell the following season when PetrinoThe only victories were against FCS opponents Indiana State and Western Kentucky. As Jackson graduated, the Louisville offense struggled. The Cardinals were 2-8 and were in the midst of a run of seven straight defeats when Petrino was fired after a loss of 54-23 to Syracuse. The university agreed to pay the remaining $ 14 million in its contract.
Petrino had been out of training since his fall in Louisville.
Missouri State was only 13-42 under Steckel, who previously served as Gary Pinkel's defensive coordinator in Missouri, including 1-10 in 2019.
Moats and Steckel met again recently "to discuss football-related issues, which led to this mutual agreement," Moats said last week.
The Bears play at the Missouri Valley Conference and are part of the FCS. They have not had a winning season since 2009.
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