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Bobby Petrino hired by Missouri State as football coach

Missouri State has made a high-profile hire as its next head football coach. 

The university announced Wednesday that former Louisville and Arkansas head coach Bobby Petrino has been hired as its next head football coach. 

Missouri State athletics director Kyle Moats was the associate director of athletics for national marketing at Louisville from 2005-09 while Petrino was the football coach for the Cardinals from 2003-06.

Petrino was out of football in 2019 after being fired from Louisville in 2018. He has a head coaching record of 119-56 at the college ranks while going 3-10 in his lone season leading the Atlanta Falcons in the NFL. 

Louisville coach Bobby Petrino watches during the second half of his team's 2018 game against Clemson at Clemson Memorial Stadium.

Petrino took his first head coaching job at Louisville before the 2003 season and went 41-9 over the next four years in one of the most successful stretches in program history. That run finished with an Orange Bowl win after the 2006 season.

When Petrino returned in 2014, he led Louisville into the ACC, where the competition was stiffer. His team never won more than nine games despite two-plus seasons of starting Lamar Jackson at quarterback. Jackson became the youngest Heisman Trophy winner in history in 2016. He was Petrino’s, and Louisville’s, first Heisman winner.

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