Everyone thought former Arkansas and Louisville Head Coach Bobby Petrino would be making a return to the bluegrass state this year when the job at Kentucky opened up. He did in fact return to the state of Kentucky, but it was as he was introduced as Western Kentucky‘s new head football coach after Willie Taggart left to take the head coaching job at South Florida.
It appeared WKU was finally reaching respectability in the Division I ranks after a second-straight winning season and a bowl berth, not to mention an epic 32-31 victory over Kentucky in Commonwealth Stadium, but with the departure of Taggart, many assumed the Hilltoppers would once again fall by the wayside.
That won’t be the case as long as Petrino is at the helm there. He’s 75-26 overall as a college head coach and had a 34-17 overall record atArkansasbefore he was dismissed in the wake of the motorcycle mistress scandal.
Arkansashad a losing record (5-7) in his first season, but Petrino helped the Razorbacks ascend into the upper-class of the SEC, going 8-5 in 2009, 10-3 with a Sugar Bowl appearance in 2010, and went 11-2 with a Cotton Bowl bid in 2011.