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5:14 pm
Mon December 10, 2012

Petrino Introduced As New Coach of the WKU Hilltoppers

Western Kentucky University has introduced Bobby Petrino as the school’s 18th football coach.

Petrino returns to the college game eight months after his firing from Arkansas for lying about an extramarital affair he had with a woman on his staff.

"I'm honored to sit in front of you as the head coach of Western Kentucky University," Petrino said at a late afternoon news conference.

Petrino said he'll explain to recruits and their families how the learning experience of the Arkansas scandal has made him a better person.

Western has been looking for a replacement for Willie Taggart, who’s leaving to become the head coach at South Florida. Taggart led the Hilltoppers to a 7-5 record this season and a berth in the Little Caesar’s Bowl in Detroit on December 26.

Petrino was head coach at the University of Louisville for four seasons. He led the Cards to the 2007 Orange Bowl, then left abruptly to become the coach of the NFL’s Atlanta Falcons. He had previously come under criticism for interviewing for the Auburn job without the knowledge of U of L Athletic Director Tom Jurich

Petrino's WKU contract is for four years, with a $850,000 base salary plus incentives. He'll have to pay Western $1.2 million if he leaves early.

His career college coaching record is 75-26, including an 11-2 mark in his final season at Arkansas.