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Tweeting Petrino’s Arrival At UIdaho

In this Sept. 15 file photo, Arkansas offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Paul Petrino reacts after the call on a recovery of an apparent Alabama fumble on a punt was reversed during the first quarter of an NCAA college football game in Fayetteville, Ark. Idaho announced today that Petrino will be its new head football coach after he produced some of the most prolific offenses in the nation as an assistant coach at several other schools. (AP Photo/April L. Brown, File)

Josh Wright (@SR_JoshWright) is tweeting from presser to introduce new University of Idaho football coach Paul Petrino:

  • 2:13 p.m. Petrino on recruiting: “I think our base and foundation has to be the Northwest.”
  • 2:05 p.m. Petrino says Idaho wants to stay FBS. “That's something we talked about.”
  • 1:59 p.m. Petrino thanks Robb Akey and assistants, then he wishes them well. Not sure if anybody from staff will be back.
  • 1:53 p.m. Petrino: “If you don't have discipline, you're reckless” That's a big point Spear made after firing Robb Akey.
  • 1:50 p.m. Petrino: “It's all about a fit.” Says Moscow will be last stop for his kids before they graduate high school. His son is a freshman.
  • More tweets from today's presser below

Question: Do you really believe Petrino would stay more than 2 years if he can get things turned around that quickly at the University of Idaho?


  • 1:46 p.m. Paul Petrino says his brother, Bobby, is the most brilliant coach in football. Detail is what it's important, he says.
  • 1:45 p.m. Petrino says he'll be in office until midnight or later tonight watching film of recruits. Also says his family will always be around.
  • 1:44 p.m. Paul Petrino: “My third passion is to be the best football coach in the country.”
  • 1:41 p.m. Petrino: “It's all I've ever wanted to do is be a head coach.”
  • 1:37 p.m. Spear mentions Idaho's win at Northern Illinois in 2009 and how NIU is now in BCS bowl. “Why not the University of Idaho?”
  • 1:35 p.m. AD Rob Spear: “We’ve just proven … that we can hire one of the best coaches in the country.”
  • 1:33 p.m. Rob Spear, Duane Nellis and Paul Petrino walk into the Litehouse Center with marching band blaring the Idaho fight song.
  • 1:27 p.m. Quite a scene at the Kibbie Dome for the Petrino announcement. The Idaho marching band, fans, boosters — all kinds of people here.
  • 1:07 p.m. UI sends out release announcing Paul Petrino hire. “It's a dream come true,” Petrino said. “I've wanted to be a head coach my whole life.”

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