The Herald was on site when Arkansas offensive coordinator Paul Petrino landed at Bowling Green Regional Airport at approximately 6:06pm central standard time for what is believed to be an interview for the head coaching vacancy of the football program, effective at the end of the season.
Alex Downing, director of the Hilltopper Athletic Foundation, picked up Petrino at the airport and then took him to Western President Gary Ransdell’s house where the search committee is expected to interview Petrino.
This has been the first confirmed appearance by a perspective coaching candidate in the area.
Petrino has spent the last two seasons as offensive coordinator at Arkansas under head coach and brother Bobby Petrino. The Razorbacks are fresh off a 42-21 victory this afternoon over Mississippi State in Little Rock, where a private plane picked up Petrino.
If hired, this would be Petrino’s first head coaching job. He has served as an assistant coach at six different programs in his coaching career, including Louisville, where he was offensive coordinator from 1998-99 and 2003-06.
Arkansas is currently 7-4 on a four-game winning streak and ranked 19th in the nation in total offense (450.1 yards per game).
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