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Texas A&M set to hire UNLV's Bobby Petrino as offensive coordinator

January 4, 2023
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Change is coming, and change is here.

Jimbo Fisher is set to hire Bobby Petrino to become Texas A&M's next offensive coordinator. Spending the last three years as the head coach of FCS Missouri State, Petrino brings nearly 40 years of coaching experience to Aggieland. Petrino was hired as UNLV’s offensive coordinator in December.

This hiring comes about a month after Darrell Dickey, who came to A&M as the offensive coordinator when Fisher was hired in December 2017, was relieved of his duties.

Petrino’s offensive scheme will bring spread concepts to Aggieland and an offense that thrives by utilizing a mobile quarterback, highlighted by 2016 Heisman winner Lamar Jackson, who Petrino coached during his second stint at Louisville.

A 61-year-old, Petrino’s coaching career began in 1983, and his head coaching credits include tenures as Louisville (2003-06, 2014-18), Arkansas (2008-11), Western Kentucky (2018) and Missouri State (2020-22) as well as one season leading the NFL’s Atlanta Falcons in 2007. At the college level, Petrino has achieved four 10-win seasons and six finishes inside the AP’s top 25.

In the pandemic-shortened 2020-21 FCS season, Petrino led Missouri State to its first conference title and first playoff berth in 30 years, for which he was named the Missouri Valley Football Conference’s Coach of the Year. This season, Petrino’s Bears finished 5-6 overall but scored 27 points on the road against then-10th-ranked Arkansas in September.

Petrino’s first stop in Louisville saw him win 41 games over a four-year span, including a 12-1 campaign in 2006 that culminated in an Orange Bowl championship. After spending one year in the NFL, Petrino became the head coach at Arkansas ahead of the 2008 season, guiding the Razorbacks to three straight bowl games, including a 2012 Cotton Bowl victory to complete an 11-2 season in Fayetteville. In April 2012, Petrino was let go from his post at Arkansas following an off-field scandal.

In 2013, Petrino returned to college football at Western Kentucky, leading the Hilltoppers to an 8-4 record before embarking on his second tenure at Louisville ahead of the 2014 season. Under Petrino, the Cardinals went to four consecutive bowl games, winning the 2015 Music City Bowl over Texas A&M, 27-21. In 2016, Louisville won the ACC Atlantic division crown, and as the signal-caller in Petrino’s high-powered offense, Lamar Jackson became the school’s first Heisman Trophy winner. That season, Jackson passed for 3,543 yards with 30 touchdowns and nine interceptions, while also rushing for 1,571 yards and 21 scores. Louisville’s 2016 offense ranked sixth nationally in points per game (42.5) and third in total offense (532.7 yards per game).

After playing quarterback at Carroll, an NAIA school in his native Montana, Petrino began his coaching career as a graduate assistant at his alma mater. Stops as an assistant include stints at Carroll (1983, 1985-86), Weber State (1984, 1987-88), Idaho (1989-91) and Arizona State (1992-93) before becoming the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at Nevada in 1994. Coordinator roles at Utah State (1995-97), Louisville (1998) and Auburn (2002) followed, and he also spent three years with the Jacksonville Jaguars (1999-2001), spending his final year as the offensive coordinator of the Jags.

With a new man guiding the offense, Fisher & Co. hope that Petrino can utilize the existing talent in College Station to springboard the Aggies back into contention following a 5-7 season in 2022.

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Texas A&M set to hire UNLV's Bobby Petrino as offensive coordinator

30,875 Views | 64 Replies | Last: 1 yr ago by Magpie 2.0
BuckshotJ
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Optimistic here.
OneBlitzer
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A&M had to settle on Petrino!?!?! Best we could do?!?!
AgBQ-00
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There are not many that are as good as him at scheming against opponents' weaknesses. Will be interesting to see how this unfolds
Dr. Alister MacKenzie
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Good God.
85AustinAg
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OneBlitzer said:

A&M had to settle on Petrino!?!?! Best we could do?!?!
He has one helluva offensive mind. We could have done a lot worse. Give the guy a second chance. My guess is we go from slogging through the mud to lighting up the scoreboard.
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Yeesh…one of the biggest scumbags to disgrace the college football ranks.
Detmersdislocatedshoulder
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this isn't a hire that will move the needle out of the gate and quite possibly could include some ridicule however bobby petrino can coach and his offenses have always been very good. it doesn't surprise me jimbo went with an older dude to hand the keys over to but was hoping for jeff grimes. this will be a good hire i think but isn't an exciting hire on the surface.
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He CAN coach, just wanted a younger guy that can actually ride a motorcycle while ………
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Cannew said:

Yeesh…one of the biggest scumbags to disgrace the college football ranks.
Really? Why? cause he had a girlfriend?
Houstonag
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I think this is a good hire. The fact that he has the background of an innovative and more wide open offense will utilize our talent better.

Further Jimbo agreed , of course, to this move. Now Jimbo needs to make sure that our player resources are properly maintained. Getting in a hole and having to play freshmen is unacceptable.
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Detmersdislocatedshoulder said:

this isn't a hire that will move the needle out of the gate and quite possibly could include some ridicule however bobby petrino can coach and his offenses have always been very good. it doesn't surprise me jimbo went with an older dude to hand the keys over to but was hoping for jeff grimes. this will be a good hire i think but isn't an exciting hire on the surface.
I totally agree with your assessment. I'm hoping that this turns out to be a great hire.
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Kramer thinks it's a good hire...

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- Alfred E. Neuman
AggieBlu
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Thought he was taking another job? We must have ponied up more damn money.
I will never understand how someone can tell so many lies and not feel bad about it...
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AggieBlu said:

Thought he was taking another job? We must have ponied up more damn money.


He did take a job at unlv in December but they don't have any money lol
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Ok - let's go!!!
Detmersdislocatedshoulder
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rocky the dog said:

Kramer thinks it's a good hire...




one of the best episodes of all time. horse eating beans and marble rye can't beat it. hilarious
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He's got baggage, but he's pretty good at what he does. Do you like effective quarterback play and receivers who run excellent routes for the entire game? Then you're going to love Petrino. He's an a-hole in practice but you can be sure the offense is going to hum.
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Cannew
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No because he is a piece of ***** Do a little more research, its much more than just one small infidelity problem. Dude is a chronic POS.
@PositivelyAg
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Is he coming here for free, worst hire in A&M history
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Another "once was a great offensive coordinator."
AgBQ1994
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Hmmm..were Jerry Sandusky or Art Briles not available?
QB1
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I love Weigman but not sure Lamar Jackson is a fair comparison at all....mobile qb????

"Petrino's offensive scheme will bring spread concepts to Aggieland and an offense that thrives by utilizing a mobile quarterback, highlighted by 2016 Heisman winner Lamar Jackson, who Petrino coached during his second stint at Louisville."
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Jerry's not available for another 20 years, and Art is studying abroad.........
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Cannew said:

Yeesh…one of the biggest scumbags to disgrace the college football ranks.
Oh, so you are the one casting the first stone? The guy had an issue over 10 years ago. I bet you have burned the french fries more than once at Arby's, but no one is calling you a scumbag.
Goosespn
Gig Em!!!
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I like this hire. With his age and experience he'll have a better chance of truly running HIS offense than a younger coach would with Jimbo standing next to him. Gig'Em
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offenseguru
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Great hire, recruiter, scheming, gameday coach, ability to build staff and so much in one hire.
Houstonag
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I like what you state.
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offenseguru said:

Great hire, recruiter, scheming, gameday coach, ability to build staff and so much in one hire.


Username checks out
AG81
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I better not ever hear Jimbo say "character matters". Disgusted by this hire. Every Aggie should be. Petrino is the anthesis of every single core value that differentiates A&M from every other university.
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Cannew said:

No because he is a piece of ***** Do a little more research, it's much more than just one small infidelity problem. Dude is a chronic POS.

None of these guys are heroes. At any level. Once you realize that, it's a lot easier to accept things like this.
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AG81 said:

I better not ever hear Jimbo say "character matters". Disgusted by this hire. Every Aggie should be. Petronas is the anthesis of every single core value that differentiates A&M from every other university.

If you feel that strongly about it, it's the perfect opportunity to quit watching. Either take a stance and go all the way, or your words are hollow. Today is a great day to pick a side.
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AG81 said:

I better not ever hear Jimbo say "character matters". Disgusted by this hire. Every Aggie should be. Petronas is the anthesis of every single core value that differentiates A&M from every other university.


Drama queen much?
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