SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) — Bobby Petrino is glad to have a job once more, even when it is at one of many backside packages within the second tier of school soccer.
“I knew I wasn’t going to remain retired,” Petrino mentioned Thursday at his introductory information convention at Missouri State. “It was only a momentary retirement.”
Petrino, 58, had been out of the sport since his November 2018 firing at Louisville. He landed on the Springfield, Missouri, faculty largely due to his relationship with athletic director Kyle Moats. The 2 labored at Louisville collectively in 2006-07.
Moats mentioned Petrino contacted him in regards to the job after Dave Steckel was fired final week after successful 13 video games in 5 seasons for the Bears of the Soccer Championship Subdivision. College president Cliff Good signed off on the hiring.
“With a 119-56 report as a head coach at three FBS colleges, not solely have we employed the very best coach accessible, we’ve employed among the best offensive coaches within the historical past of the sport,” Good mentioned. “We have additionally employed somebody who will run a clear program, be compliant in all elements of the NCAA and graduate his scholar athletes. That is been his historical past.”
Different components of Petrino’s historical past aren’t so flattering. He coached the Atlanta Falcons for 13 video games in 2007 earlier than abruptly resigning – leaving a observe to the gamers within the locker room – to return to school teaching at Arkansas.
Petrino led the Razorbacks to the Sugar Bowl following the 2010 season and a No. 5 last rating the next season, when the Razorbacks received 11 video games. A couple of months after that season ended, Petrino was injured in a motorbike accident that uncovered an extra-marital affair with an athletic division worker. Petrino initially mentioned he was using alone however later revealed that the girl was a passenger, and that they have been concerned in a relationship. Petrino was fired.
“One of many issues I am going to have the ability to educate our gamers is you’r all the time going to have obstacles to beat,” Petrino mentioned. “You are all the time going to must work laborious each day. Actually l made a mistake after I was on the College of Arkansas. I am lucky sufficient to have an important spouse and nice household and keep collectively and work ahead. That is what we did.”
Petrino resurfaced in 2012 at Western Kentucky, spending one season there earlier than returning to Louisville for the 2014 season. Lamar Jackson, now the star quarterback for the Baltimore Ravens, received the Heisman Trophy in 2016. However the Cardinals struggled after Jackson’s departure, and Petrino was let go in 2018.
Petrino mentioned he’s absolutely dedicated to Missouri State.
“I am type of getting on the opposite facet of the hill slightly bit,” he mentioned. “I really feel nice, although, I really feel very younger, I really feel very energized and that is the job that I need.
“Like I instructed Kyle, if you are going to write a script, write it like this: I come right here, be very profitable, and I resolve 8-10 years from now whether or not I nonetheless need to coach soccer with a nationwide championship in my pocket. That is what I need to see occur.”
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