Why Missouri State Hired Bobby Petrino
Why did Missouri State hire Bobby Petrino?
That is the question many in college football were left asking after Wednesday’s announcement that Petrino would take over as the program’s head coach.
Petrino is one of the most polarizing coaches in college football history, and over the course of the last few years he had become something of a pariah.
Apparently Missouri State was really, really desperate, though.
Recently, Rick Bozich of WDRB explained why Missouri State made the controversial move.
“On Wednesday Petrino, once an NFL head coach and winner of the Orange Bowl at Louisville, discovered what kind of job he could land — the head position at Missouri State,” he said.
“Missouri State won 1 of 11 games last season. Missouri State has endured 10 consecutive losing seasons.”
Prior to landing this gig, Petrino was reportedly rejected by both Old Dominion and UT-San Antonio for their coaching vacancies.
The head of Missouri state’s athletic department, Kyle Moats, was familiar with Petrino from his Louisville days.
The pair spent the last two years of Petrino’s first coaching stint with the Cardinals together.
Will Petrino be able to pump some life back into his career with this opportunity? Time will tell.