Western Kentucky announces hiring of Petrino as coach

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Western Kentucky announced that it has hired Bobby Petrino as the new Hilltoppers’ football coach.

WKU athletic director said in a release that Petrino would be introduced at a Monday afternoon news conference.

The 51-year-old Petrino replaces Willie Taggart, who left WKU Saturday to become South Florida’s coach. Petrino had a 34-17 record at Arkansas and is 75-26 overall in eight seasons.

He was fired by Arkansas in April for a “pattern of misleading” behavior following a motorcycle accident. Petrino had an affair with former Razorback volleyball player Jessica Dorrell, whom he later hired as a football assistant and gave $20,000 in gifts.

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