Now that Bobby Petrino is back in the coaching ranks, he wants to make the most of his second chance.
Petrino was introduced Monday as Western Kentucky’s new head coach. 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 as a passenger.
‘‘At this point in my career, it’s about getting back and coaching players,’’ Petrino said. ‘‘It just happened to open up at a place we love.
‘‘I hope it can be as long as possible.’’
Petrino had a 34-17 record at Arkansas before his dismissal. Petrino had an affair with former Razorbacks volleyball player Jessica Dorrell, whom he later hired as a football assistant and gave $20,000 in gifts. Petrino said he was the only person on the motorcycle but later admitted to Dorrell’s presence.
Petrino is replacing Willie Taggart, who left WKU last week to become South Florida’s coach.
Western Kentucky gave Petrino a four-year deal with a base annual salary of $850,000. If he terminates the deal at any time, he must repay the university $1.2 million in six monthly payments starting the month after he leaves.
Western Kentucky is 7-5 and heading to its first bowl appearance as an FBS school. The Hilltoppers will play in the Little Caesar’s Pizza Bowl on Dec. 26 against Central Michigan.
Lattimore to draft?
Injured South Carolina running back Marcus Lattimore will enter the NFL draft, said people familiar with the decision.
The running back suffered a horrific injury to his right knee against Tennessee on Oct. 27. Doctors said Lattimore had successful surgery to repair several ligaments on Nov. 2.
Lattimore injured his left knee in 2011 as a sophomore. He is South Carolina’s career leader in both overall touchdowns with 41 and rushing scores with 38.
Mike MacIntyre is leaving San Jose State to coach the University of Colorado, which announced that he signed a five-year deal . . . Former UTEP player Sean Kugler is returning to El Paso to become the Miners’ coach . . . Texas Tech said offensive line coach Chris Thomsen will serve as interim coach for the bowl game this month against Minnesota. Thomsen got the nod two days after Tommy Tuberville left to take the head coaching position at Cincinnati. Also on Monday, Neal Brown, the team’s offensive coordinator the past three years, resigned to take the same job at Kentucky.
Harvard tight end Kyle Juszczyk was named to his fourth All-America team, this one selected by The Sports Network. Juszczyk made the second team after a 52-catch season with 706 yards and eight touchdowns . . . All-Big Ten defensive tackle Johnathan Hankins announced he will give up his senior season at Ohio State to make himself available for the 2013 NFL draft . . . Three Oregon State players arrested following a fight at a bar over the weekend were suspended from the team. Senior defensive end Rudolf Fifita, junior defensive tackle Mana Rosa, and junior linebacker Dyllon Kalena Mafi were arraigned Monday and are unlikely to play Texas in the Alamo Bowl on Dec. 29.