(BOWLING GREEN, KY.) — Western Kentucky introduced Bobby Petrino as its new head football coach on Monday. Petrino takes over for Willie Taggart, who left the Hilltoppers to become the head coach at South Florida.
“My wife Becky and I consider this coming home,” Petrino said. “We have children here in the state. We’ve been here and it’s great to come back to the state that we love.”
The 51-year-old Petrino spent eight seasons at Arkansas, leading the Razorbacks to a 75-26 record. He was fired last April after it was discovered he lied to school officials about having a female school employee with him during a motorcycle accident.
Petrino started his head coaching career at Louisville, where he compiled a record of 41-9, leading the Cardinals to their first-ever BCS berth in the 2006 Orange Bowl.
Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio
John Newsome and Anne Woolsey, CNN