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Paul Petrino leaves Illinois for Arkansas

Posted on: December 6, 2011 1:05 pm
Edited on: December 6, 2011 1:05 pm
Posted by Tom Fornelli

Illinois has already fired Ron Zook and will be coached by defensive coordinator Vic Koenning during the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl against UCLA. Still, offensive coordinator Paul Petrino was expected to stick around and run the offense for the bowl game, but that's no longer the case.

Petrino has left Illinois to join his brother Bobby Petrino's staff at Arkansas

While it has not been specified what role Paul Petrino will fill with the Razorbacks as of yet, it's assumed he'll be serving as offensive coordinator. Arkansas' former offensive coordinator Garrick McGee recently accepted the head coaching job at UAB.

Illinois' quarterbacks coach Jeff Brohm will take over play-calling duties for the Illini.

Since: Aug 24, 2007
Posted on: December 6, 2011 3:23 pm

Paul Petrino leaves Illinois for Arkansas

The Petrino brothers back together again. Paul is a good coach and now has added some experence to his resume. I think this is a good hire as he knows his brother and and his approach and will give Bobby more time for other things. I hope we can soon get another great speical teams coach. .It's been another great year in Razorback nation and I'm looking for even better next year.

Since: Sep 5, 2006
Posted on: December 6, 2011 2:21 pm

Paul Petrino leaves Illinois for Arkansas

I think we can all safely say that this wasn't exactly one of the more difficult business decisions that Paul has made in his coaching career. From Bobby's end, he couldn't have dreamed of an easier scenario that has developed in filling his vacant offensive cooordinator position.

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