FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) _ Bobby Petrino was hired as the
football coach at Arkansas, capping a whirlwind day in which he
stunningly resigned from the Atlanta Falcons after just 13 games.
Petrino was hired to succeed Houston Nutt, who stepped down at
Arkansas two weeks ago and became the head coach at Mississippi.
Petrino was introduced as the 30th Razorbacks coach by incoming
athletic director Jeff Long at a late-night news conference
Petrino said, ``It is a tremendous honor for me to be named the
30th head coach at Arkansas, particularly on a night when we
honored coach (Frank) Broyles for his 50 years service. He's such a
legend and I can't wait to develop a relationship with him.''
In January, Petrino left as head coach at Louisville to take
over in Atlanta, agreeing to a five-year, $24 million contract
handed out by a team that felt he could help Michael Vick reach his
However, the star quarterback came under investigation for a
grisly dogfighting operation that led him to plead guilty to
federal charges. On Monday Vick was sentenced Monday to 23 months
in prison without ever taking a snap for Petrino.
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