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Razorbacks hire ex-Falcons coach Bobby Petrino as head coach

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By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

The Arkansas Razorbacks have hired Bobby Petrino as their new head football coach. He replaces Houston Nutt.

He comes to Fayetteville, Arkansas after spending less than one year as the Atlanta Falcons head coach. He recently stepped down as the Falcons’ head coach.

Former Atlanta Falcons head coach Bobby Petrino watches play against the Indianapolis Colts
Bobby Petrino watches play against the Indianapolis Colts (Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)

“We are extremely excited to announce Bobby Petrino as the head football coach at the University of Arkansas,” Arkansas Director of Athletics Jeff Long said. “He is a proven winner. Coach Petrino has established a track record of discipline and accountability for his players both on the field and in the classroom. The style of play his teams employ invigorates fans from kickoff to the final horn.

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“I am confident that Razorback fans will embrace Coach Petrino and his exciting brand of football.”

Before accepting the Falcons head coaching job, Petrino was the Louisville Cardinals head coach. He went 41-9 during his four-year tenure from 2003 through 2006.

In 2006, he guided the Cardinals to a 12-1 record. This included a 24-13 win over then-No. 12 Wake Forest Demon Deacons in the BCS FedEx Orange Bowl.

Petrino was 3-10 as the Falcons’ head coach.

“It was a day of decisions,” Petrino saod. “It was difficult on one side and very easy on the other. It was very difficult to leave Atlanta and what we had started there, difficult to leave the staff, players, and the fans. The timing of it was probably the thing that made it the most difficult. I certainly would have liked to have stayed and finished the season and have all that work out, but circumstances presented that this was what we had to do today and I couldn’t be happier about it.

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“It was easy to come here to the University of Arkansas and become the head coach. I am very excited about coming back to the (Southeastern Conference) which I consider the best football conference in the United States. It’s very easy to come to a university that has the facilities, the commitment, and the passion to win a national championship. I can tell you one of the most attractive things about coming to the University of Arkansas is the fan base. A base that ranges all the way from Fayetteville to Little Rock to West Memphis and I’m excited about that, being the main show. There’s no question.”

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Anthony Caruso III
Anthony Caruso IIIhttps://thecapitalsportsreport.com
Anthony Caruso III is the Publisher of The Capital Sports Report. He has been in the sports journalism field since 2002 and has covered numerous high-profile events, including 12 Heisman Trophy ceremonies.
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