The Arkansas Razorbacks are reportedly bringing back a familiar face to the football program’s coaching staff under Sam Pittman.
The team agreed to hire Bobby Petrino as the team’s offensive coordinator, ESPN reported Tuesday. He is reportedly expected to be on campus as early as Wednesday. The school decided to bring back Pittman following the team’s disappointing 4-7 season.
Petrino was as successful a coach could get with Arkansas without having a national championship on his resume. He coached the Razorbacks from 2008 to 2011 and led them to 10-win seasons, which included Sugar Bowl and Cotton Bowl appearances. In 2011, Arkansas finished the season with a Cotton Bowl win and ranked No. 5 in the final Associated Press poll.
However, his career at Arkansas crashed and burned.
Petrino was fired in 2012 in wake of a massive scandal following a motorcycle crash. It was revealed Petrino was with the woman he hired as a student-athlete developmental coordinator for the football program after he initially said he was alone. He later admitted he was having an affair with the woman.
He famously showed up to a press conference with a bruised face and neck collar and was later dismissed with cause as school officials determined he misled the athletic director and the public about his relationship with the woman.
Petrino returned to coaching in late 2012 when he became the head coach of Western Kentucky. He coached the Hilltoppers to an 8-4 record in 2013 and returned to Louisville and coached the Cardinals from 2014 to 2018.
Before returning to Arkansas, Petrino served under Jimbo Fisher at Texas A&M. But he was reportedly told he would not be retained under new head coach Mike Elko.
Petrino is 119-56 in his collegiate career as a head coach.