Missouri State Bears hire Petrino as head football coach

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

Bobby Petrino is returning to coaching. He has been hired as the Missouri State Bears head football coach on Wednesday.

His contract is reportedly a five-year deal. He will make $250,000 per season.

Bobby Petrino (Getty Images)

The school has announced that there will be a press conference on Thursday at 8:45 am local time. The press conference will take place at the PRIME Overtime Club at JQH Arena on the Springfield campus.

He is taking over a team that went 1-10 during the 2019 season. The Bears ended the season on a seven-game losing streak.

Their lone win came over the Western Illinois Leathernecks in a 37-31 win in triple overtime at Hanson Field in Macomb, Illinois.

Petrino replaces Dave Steckel, who departed the team at the end of the 2019 season.

Petrino did not have a job during the 2019 season. He was last the Louisville Cardinals head coach in 2018.

The Cardinals were a disaster during that season. Many believe that Petrino quit on his players when the team was losing before he was fired.

He is 119-56 as a head coach. This his his first stop as a head coach in the FCS.

Petrino has served as head coach at Louisville, Arkansas, and Western Kentucky. He also spent less than one year as the Atlanta Falcons head coach before accepting the job at Arkansas.

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