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Western Kentucky hires Bobby Petrino

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The general belief about former Arkansas coach Bobby Petrino is that he would end up back on the sidelines before too long, although not likely at a big-time program. If the following reports come to fruition, that’s exactly what’s going to happen.

Chad Bishop of the Bowling Green Daily News reported Monday morning that Petrino was on the campus of Western Kentucky, and then later reported that Petrino was to be named the Hilltoppers’ new coach at 4 p.m. ET today. Adam Himmelsbach of the Louisville Courier-Journal and CBSSports later confirmed the report.

Petrino would be back on the sidelines after just eight months away from the game. Petrino was fired by Arkansas athletic director Jeff Long this past spring for hiring his mistress, Jessica Dorrel, for an athletic department position and lying about her presence during a single-vehicle motorcycle accident involving Petrino.

Petrino’s name has been connected to a handful of job openings over the past several weeks, including Kentucky, Auburn and Arkansas State. Petrino will replace Willie Taggart, who left to take the same job with South Florida.

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36 Responses to “Western Kentucky hires Bobby Petrino”
  1. thegamecocker says: Dec 10, 2012 1:31 PM

    And watch the Hilltoppers soar in the rankings. The guy can flat-out coach and recruit.

  2. be4bama says: Dec 10, 2012 1:38 PM

    You’ve come a long way baby…… Sent from my iPhone

  3. stoutfiles says: Dec 10, 2012 1:43 PM

    It’s sad when a school is willing to sacrifice its integrity for some football victories.

  4. dmcgrann says: Dec 10, 2012 1:46 PM

    I suppose they’ll “soar in the rankings” as much as any team in the Sun Belt can be expected to “soar in the rankings”, which is to say. not so much.

  5. eidolon21 says: Dec 10, 2012 1:50 PM

    just win, baby

    he will be gone in two years one way or another

  6. sportsdrenched says: Dec 10, 2012 2:03 PM

    I don’t like this move for Petrino. The roads around Lubbock are much straighter than the roads in Kentucky.

  7. weswelkerspornstash says: Dec 10, 2012 2:11 PM

    I really thought he would end up at La. Tech.

  8. allan357 says: Dec 10, 2012 2:31 PM

    They better take the motorcycle away from him.

  9. vanmorrissey says: Dec 10, 2012 2:35 PM

    Inevitable so why complain about it? If no SEC jobs open next year he’ll hang around until 2015 when Tennessee or Kentucky is open again.

  10. cometkazie says: Dec 10, 2012 2:38 PM

    Since BP was fired for cause, I suspect he didn’t get a nice golden parachute. Does anyone know the specifics of what he got from Ark when he was fired?

    He probably needs the money, or, at least, can use it.

  11. deerslayer47 says: Dec 10, 2012 3:09 PM

    Western Kentucky is just a “stepping stone” an opportunity for him to get back in the game. If he “cleans up” his act and doesn’t have any problems, he will be back at a major program in 2-3 years. Good for him, everyone deserves a chance to make things right.

  12. thefiesty1 says: Dec 10, 2012 3:29 PM

    Just lock up all the female staff and he will do fine.

  13. florida727 says: Dec 10, 2012 3:33 PM

    Mixed feelings. On the one hand I want to say what a sleaze ball this guy is, and why doesn’t WKU have enough integrity NOT to hire a guy like this. On the other hand, if MY sins came to light, I’d probably be lucky to get a job sweeping streets, so who am I to criticize the hiring. Hope he’s learned a lesson (as costly as it was), and he can clean up his act like another post mentions. What the heck. Wish him well.

  14. dexterismyhero says: Dec 10, 2012 4:12 PM

    does he get a motorcycle and a blonde with that contract?

  15. onbucky96 says: Dec 10, 2012 4:13 PM

    Will he bring that home wrecking skank with him? I’m sure she talented @what she does…whatever that is.

  16. dexterismyhero says: Dec 10, 2012 4:13 PM

    You should only use the picture of him with the neckbrace and skinned up face.

  17. lrg51 says: Dec 10, 2012 5:07 PM

    Might want to issue chastity belts to all the women who work in the athletics dept.

  18. wabbitslayer says: Dec 10, 2012 5:28 PM

    No word yet on who has been named his “Student-Athlete Development Coordinator”.

  19. thegamecocker says: Dec 10, 2012 5:44 PM


    Everyone who posts on these threads should be making the same statement you did. Well said and I too have sinned. No one is perfect.

  20. ducksk says: Dec 10, 2012 5:46 PM

    In contract – leggy blond? Motor scooter. D bag petrino.

  21. Deb says: Dec 10, 2012 6:17 PM

    A steady stream of kids who attend a local two-year Christian college then transfer to complete their educations at Western Kentucky. It’s always made me think of WKU as a kind of Christian college extension. That’s just a perception, of course, but … interesting hire.

  22. houndofthebaskervols says: Dec 10, 2012 6:20 PM

    Woohooo let the message board warriors ignite the flames of self-righteousness. LOL

  23. bringbackkosar says: Dec 10, 2012 6:21 PM

    Hope Louisville puts WKU on the schedule, what a grudge match that will be

  24. cometkazie says: Dec 10, 2012 6:40 PM

    Deb, you have a way with words.

  25. jimbo75025 says: Dec 10, 2012 7:21 PM

    florida727 says:
    Dec 10, 2012 3:33 PM
    On the other hand, if MY sins came to light, I’d probably be lucky to get a job sweeping streets, so who am I to criticize the hiring
    Big difference here though is, if you had a fling with the hottie down in accounting would it turn into a national scandal? You would be the butt of jokes within your company and your wife would crush you in the divorce proceedings, but that would be about the end of it.

    These guys seek the limelight and the big $$ that go with it. I have no clue who the governor of Arkansas is, but I certainly know the university hired Bret Bielema last week.

    Not sure what the contract parameters of the deal with WKU are, but I think it would be accurate to say it will be nowhere near the $$ he would have made at Arkansas just this year (2012). If he had owned up to the whole situation when it happened, I really doubt Arkansas would have fired him. As things are though, he has “only” lost more money than you and I will see in our lifetimes.

  26. burgandy2260 says: Dec 10, 2012 8:37 PM

    Money was probably a big factor here but a bigger reason was mainly the same as any coach…They love the game and can’t get enough of it to subside their passions. From where he’s been to where he’s at right now is to the moon and back. So maybe, just maybe he’s going back to the smaller school to start a new for himself. BABY STEPS BOBBIE and in 2 yrs or less you’ll see him right back in the national spot light!

  27. 10of14 says: Dec 10, 2012 9:21 PM

    Is the beeeetch coming with him? Wear a helmet and protection…it is Kentucky!!

  28. raysfan1 says: Dec 10, 2012 10:00 PM

    @cometkazie–Petrino was indeed fired for cause, so he blew an $18M buyout.

    @jimbo75025–The Akansas governor is Mike Beebe. Saw him in person once; during the Little Rock marathon he stood out in front of the mansion waving and shaking hands with all of us lunatics who for some idiotic reason woke up and said, “Hey, I think I’ll go run for hours and get a cheap medal and a t-shirt! Woohoo!”

  29. kozbee says: Dec 10, 2012 10:19 PM

    Im sure we all asked forgiveness one time or another.Goodluck Bobby and wish you well.Welcome back your a great coach.

  30. tuscaloosaguy says: Dec 10, 2012 10:50 PM

    Is there a Harley dealership in Bowling Green, KY ??

  31. Deb says: Dec 10, 2012 11:10 PM

    @cometkazie …

    Thank you 😉

  32. jimbo75025 says: Dec 11, 2012 12:34 AM


    Thanks for the info. Maybe it is a sad statement on our country that I could name the Arkansas coach, but not the governor of the state. In my defense though, I have only been to Arkansas a few times :)

  33. tg1896 says: Dec 11, 2012 6:12 AM

    I will be cheering for any team that plays against W. Kentucky.

  34. floridacock says: Dec 11, 2012 9:30 AM

    Correction; Western Kentucky signs short term lease with Bobby Patrino

  35. hardballtalkusername says: Dec 11, 2012 10:10 AM

    It’s not just the affair/motorcycle thing though. The way he bailed on the Falcons, mid-season, without telling any of his players was awful. Dude is the definition of a douchebag…. but he can coach so this probably a good hire for them.

  36. jericoc says: Dec 11, 2012 10:39 AM

    He’s learned his lesson: he now knows it’s just Bad Karma to let one’s mid-life crises intersect …

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