Bobby Petrino hired by FCS program Missouri State

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Bobby Petrino is back in the coaching game.

The former Louisville, Arkansas and Western Kentucky coach has been hired by FCS program Missouri State, the school announced Wednesday. It will be his fourth job at a different program since 2011.

Petrino has a history of fielding high-octane offenses, and has enjoyed varying degrees of success in each of his previous collegiate stops. He led Louisville to a 41-9 record from 2003 to 2006, Arkansas to a 34-17 record from 2008 to 2011, Western Kentucky to an 8-4 record in 2013 and Louisville (again) to a 36-26 record from 2014 to 2018.

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

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. While he elevated the Razorbacks to two double-digit win seasons and major bowl berths, he was fired in April 2012 after a motorcycle accident revealed he misled Arkansas officials about an extramarital affair he had with an athletic employee.

Petrino was out of coaching in 2012 before returning to Western Kentucky for a season. He then returned to Louisville in 2014. He saw moderate success in his second stint there, but failed to win more than nine games in a season — even with Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback Lamar Jackson.

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