Bobby Petrino Named New Missouri State Football Coach

Ross Houston
January 17, 2020

The former Louisville, Arkansas and Western Kentucky coach has been hired by FCS program Missouri State, the school announced Wednesday.

Petrino will be introduced as head coach of the Bears during a news conference on Thursday at the school.

Missouri State last week fired coach Dave Steckel, who went 13-42 in five seasons.


Petrino was formerly a head coach at the University of Arkansas for four years, where he had a 34-17 win-loss record.

Petrino coached Arkansas to consecutive AP top-12 finishes in 2010 and 2011 but was sacked in April 2012 after misleading the school about a relationship with a female staff member, whom he was with during a motorcycle accident.

Petrino was sacked by Louisville in 2018 after compiling a 2-8 record with the Cardinals.


Bobby Petrino is returning to the Ozarks. Petrino originally said he was riding alone but later revealed that the woman was a passenger, and that they were involved in a relationship.

A former head coach in both the SEC and Sun Belt Conference, as well as the NFL, has apparently found a new gig, after one year away from football. However, after a 3-10 start, Petrino resigned in the middle of the season and returned to college football in 2008 at Arkansas. 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. And the Bears open the 2020 season on September 5 at OU.

Petrino said taking the MSU job was not about money, adding he reduced his coach's salary to add to the pool of money for assistant coaches.


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. Steckel, who had been under contract through 2021, accepted a $340,000 buyout. He never had a winning season as the team's coach.

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