Now that Bobby Petrino is back in the coaching ranks, he wants to make the most of it.
Petrino was introduced Monday as Western Kentucky’s new head football coach. The 51-year-old was fired by Arkansas in April for a “pattern of misleading” behavior following an accident in which he was injured while riding a motorcycle with his mistress as a passenger.
“At this point in my career, it’s about getting back and coaching players,” Petrino said. “It just happened to open up at a place we love.
“I hope it can be as long as possible.”
Petrino had a 34-17 record at Arkansas before he was dismissed in the wake of the scandal. Petrino had an affair with former Razorbacks volleyball player Jessica Dorrell, who he later hired as a football assistant and gave $20,000 in gifts. Petrino said initially he was the only person on the motorcycle but later admitted to Dorrell’s presence.
Petrino is replacing Willie Taggart, who left WKU last week to become coach at South Florida.
Western Kentucky gave Petrino a four-year deal with a base annual salary of $850,000. He takes over a 7-5 Western Kentucky team that’s headed to its first bowl appearance as an FBS school. The Hilltoppers will play in the Little Caesar’s Pizza Bowl on Dec. 26 against Central Michigan. WKU defensive coordinator Lance Guidry was named interim coach on Saturday and will coach the team in the bowl game.
Buffs hire MacIntyre
Mike MacIntyre turned around the San Jose State program in short order and will be asked to do the same at the University of Colorado.
On Monday, MacIntyre signed a five-year deal to coach the Buffaloes for $2 million a season.
His hiring ends a search by Colorado that included a rejection by its first choice, Butch Jones.
MacIntyre inherits a program that’s had seven straight losing seasons, including a 1-11 record this year under Jon Embree.
Before meeting with reporters Monday, MacIntyre had a chance to chat with his new team, leaving his players with this thought: He’s turned around one downtrodden program and can do the same in Boulder.
Not someday or down the road, either, but starting next season.
“I think he won a lot of guys over in his confidence, with what he did at San Jose State and what he can do now,” quarterback Connor Wood said. “He said we have a lot of talent here and can do the exact same thing. We believe it.”