Western Kentucky hires Petrino as football coach

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (AP) - Bobby Petrino has arrived at Western Kentucky and says he and his wife Becky "consider this coming home."

Pertino was introduced Monday as the new Hilltoppers' football coach. The 51-year-old Petrino replaces Willie Taggart, who left WKU last week to become South Florida's coach.

Petrino had a 34-17 record at Arkansas and is 75-26 overall as a college head coach. He is looking forward to "building on the standards" that Taggart established.

Petrino was fired by Arkansas in April for a "pattern of misleading" behavior following a motorcycle accident. Petrino had an affair with former Razorback volleyball player Jessica Dorrell, who he later hired as a football assistant had gave $20,000 in gifts. Petrino said initially he was the only person on the motorcycle but later admitted to Dorrell's presence.


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