With Garrick McGee officially leaving to become the head coach at UAB, Arkansas finds itself in need of a new offensive coordinator.
Reportedly, the Razorbacks won’t have to look very long or very far for a replacement.
According to the Champaign News-Gazette, Paul Petrino is leaving the Illini football program and returning to Arkansas. While the report doesn’t specify, it’s assumed Petrino will again become older brother Bobby Petrino‘s coordinator; Paul Petrino left UA two year’s ago for the same job with the Illini.
Petrino became available following the firing of Ron Zook, but was expected to stay on as coordinator through the Illini’s bowl game. The play-calling duties for the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl against UCLA Dec. 31 will reportedly be handled by quarterbacks coach Jeff Brohm.
Defensive coordinator Vic Koenning will serve as the head coach for the bowl game.
UPDATED 2:51 p.m. ET: In a press release, Arkansas confirmed Paul Petrino is returning as offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach for the Razorbacks.
“I am extremely thrilled to have Paul become a member of our staff again,” said UA head coach Bobby Petrino in a statement+. “Paul has had several options with high level programs the past few days and I’m excited he made the decision to rejoin our program. His experience the last two seasons, blended with our philosophy will give us continuity with our aggressive scheme. Paul has a talented offensive mind and he has had great success every step of his career. His offensive numbers and rankings speak for themselves, and he has always had an incredible ability to develop players.”