Bobby Petrino joins Texas A&M as offensive coordinator, with Jimbo Fisher adding an ex-Arkansas coach to Aggies’ staff

Bobby Petrino joins Texas A&M as offensive coordinator, with Jimbo Fisher adding an ex-Arkansas coach to Aggies’ staff

Bobby Petrino joins Texas A&M as offensive coordinator, with Jimbo Fisher adding an ex-Arkansas coach to Aggies’ staff

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Texas A&M has hired Bobby Petrino as its offensive coordinator, the school announced Friday. Petrino, who is expected to take over play-calling duties from Aggies coach Jimbo Fisher, was most recently the head coach at FCS Missouri State from 2020 through last season and was hired as offensive coordinator at UNLV in December 2022.

“I’m very excited to add Bobby as our offensive coordinator,” Fisher said in a statement. “I’ve always had a lot of respect for him as a head coach, offensive coordinator and play caller. He’s one of the brightest minds in college football. Bobby has a reputation for developing players and we are delighted to have him on our team.”

Petrino comes to College Station, Texas with a wealth of experience as a multi-level head coach. He served twice as a coach with Louisville (2003-06, 2014-18) and also had stints with the Atlanta Falcons (2007), Arkansas (2008-11) and Western Kentucky (2013). Petrino is 137-71 overall as a college head coach and is known for his track record in developing offenses.

Petrino has produced numerous successful quarterbacks during his tenure as head coach, most recently 2016 Heisman Trophy winner Lamar Jackson. He will join former five-star recruit Conner Weigman as quarterback, who came on as a substitute in the second half of the 2022 season to revive Aggies’ offense, which is ranked 101th nationally at the rating of offensives.

Fisher has called games throughout his career, but fans clamored for a new playcaller when Fisher led the team to a 5-7 record behind a struggling offense in 2022. The Aggies missed a bowl game for the first time since 2008 after earning the No. 1 recruiting grade all-time in the 2022 cycle.

Petrino is no stranger to controversy. He resigned after just 13 games coaching the Falcons to take the Arkansas job, the third-shortest coaching tenure in NFL history. During his final stint with the SEC as a coach in Arkansas, Petrino was fired after embarking on an affair with a football employee that was accidentally exposed after a notorious motorcycle accident. His second stint in Louisville also ended in a bang when the Cardinals lost seven straight conference games a year after Jackson’s departure to the NFL.

Odom opted to hire Petrino as the Rebels’ offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach in mid-December, seemingly closing the door on a previously reported marriage between Petrino and Texas A&M. However, the Aggies appeared unable to attract other candidates and eventually reverted to Petrino.

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