Who is Bobby Petrino? We look back at his coaching career

Tanya Simon
January 17, 2020

FootballScoop.com reported earlier Tuesday that the school will hire former Baylor head coach Art Briles Wednesday morning. He'll be introduced at a news conference Thursday in Springfield, Missouri.

He left his first stint in Louisville after four years, signing a five-year deal with the Atlanta Falcons, whom he coached for 13 games before jumping ship to Arkansas. The 58-year-old walked out on the Falcons midway through his first season with them in 2007, covered up an affair with his mistress in 2012, leading to his firing by Arkansas, and he was sacked by Louisville after going 2-8 in 2018.

Petrino was sacked after he was injured in a motorcycle accident that exposed his extramarital affair with an athletics department employee.

Petrino, who was sacked from Louisville in 2018, didn't coach last season.

Bobby Petrino will return to college football in 2020 after one year removed from the game.

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That said, Petrino brings a fair amount of controversy with him.

Western Kentucky revived Petrino's career after two years away from the game, and he led the Hilltoppers to an 8-4 record in 2013. Sophomore quarterback Lamar Jackson, now a standout with the Baltimore Ravens, won the Heisman Trophy, and Louisville shared the ACC's Atlantic Division title with Clemson.

Despite his struggles in his final season, Petrino proved he can build a program, which he did at both Louisville and Arkansas. Satterfield led Louisville to an 8-5 season that was capped off with a Music City Bowl win over Mississippi State. The university agreed to pay the remaining $14 million on his contract.

Steckel's firing was somewhat surprising because Missouri State's athletic director, Kyle Moats, said in November the university meant to honor Steckel's contract through 2021. They haven't had a winning season since 2009.

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