Western Kentucky has hired Bobby Petrino as its new football coach, the school announced Monday. Petrino, 51, replaces Willie Taggart, who left last week to take the South Florida coaching job.
The 51-year-old was fired by Arkansas in April for a "pattern of misleading" behavior following an accident in which the coach was injured while riding a motorcycle with his mistress.
Petrino had a 34-17 record at Arkansas before he was dismissed in the wake of the scandal. Petrino had an affair with former Razorback volleyball player Jessica Dorrell, who he later hired as a football assistant and gave $20,000 in gifts. Petrino said initially he was the only person on the motorcycle but later admitted to Dorrell's presence.
Coaching carousel. Colorado has hired San Jose State head coach Mike MacIntyre as the Buffaloes new head coach. MacIntyre replaces Jon Embree, who was fired two weeks ago. Embree went 4-21 in two seasons with the Buffaloes. San Jose State went 10-2 this season and is headed to the Military Bowl to play Bowling Green on Dec. 27.
Pittsburgh Steelers offensive line coach Sean Kugler has been hired as the next head football coach at Texas-El Paso, the school announced. Kugler, 46, replaces Mike Price, who retired after nine seasons with the Miners. Kugler was a defensive lineman for the Miners from 1984-88. Kugler, who spent the past three seasons with the Steelers, is set to hire Washington State linebackers coach Jeff Choate as his defensive coordinator.