REPORT: Texas A&M hires Bobby Petrino as offensive coordinator

Nearly a month after his name first surfaced as a candidate for Texas A&M’s offensive coordinator position, it’s reported that the Aggies are finalizing a deal to hire Bobby Petrino as the team’s new OC.

Jimbo Fisher strikes a deal to hire Bobby Petrino as @AggieFootball‘s OC and Petrino will handle play-calling duties, sources tell ESPN. One of the best offensive heads in football, Petrino was briefly OC at UNLV after spending the last three seasons at Missouri State.

— Chris Low (@ClowESPN) January 4, 2023

Petrino is a veteran offensive player having previously served as a head coach at Louisville, Arkansas, western Kentucky, back at Louisville and most recently with the Missouri State FCS program. He was also hired as an OC at UNLV last month, but it appears he will be stepping down from that deal to take on the role at College Station. But of course Petrino is not without controversy. His tenure at Arkansas famously ended when a motorcycle accident exposed his affair with a member of the Razorback football staff. Less than a year after hiring DJ Durkin, who was embroiled in even more controversy as Maryland’s head coach, it’s certainly not the best look from a PR standpoint.

Petrino could end up being a winning hire for A&M. His power distribution seems to fit well with what Jimbo already enjoys doing and the Aggies will likely give him more talent to work with than he’s had in quite some time. But the hire also reeks of A&M swinging and missing with several other contestants along the way. Unfortunately, right now, after a 5-7 season, that job just isn’t attractive enough to lure a coordinator away from a top Power 5 program who’s already thriving where he is.

This isn’t a disastrous rental, it’s just a bit stale. But the good news is that this almost certainly confirms that Jimbo is stepping down from his playcalling duties going forward (as it’s hard to imagine Petrino taking the job otherwise). That alone is a bigger improvement than might have been expected just a few months ago. Let’s see how it goes from here.


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