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After days of rampant speculation and fair amount of criticism, Sam Pittman has reportedly found his next offensive coordinator. In a move that not many saw coming, Bobby Petrino is making a return to Fayetteville.
Petrino is back for a second stint at Arkansas, this time as offensive coordinator. He served as Arkansas’ head coach from 2008-2011, but his tenure ended in 2012 with the infamous motorcycle scandal.
In his four seasons, Petrino led the Hogs to a 34-17 overall record and three straight bowl appearances from 2009-2011. Following the 2011 season, the Razorbacks finished ranked 5th in the final AP Top 25 poll – which is their highest final ranking since 1977 (3rd).
Everyone knows what happened next, what led to his dismissal in April of 2012 and, most notably, the struggles Arkansas football has experienced since he’s been gone.
In the past decade since Petrino’s tenure came to an end, the Hogs have failed to come close to the success they obtained under him. Coincidentally, the closest the program has come was in 2021 under Sam Pittman, who is now responsible for bringing Petrino back to Fayetteville.
Bobby Petrino returning was well-received by most Razorback fans. Here’s some of the best social media reactions to the news.
The report: Bobby Petrino is coming back to Arkansas
Bobby Petrino has agreed to return to @RazorbackFB as offensive coordinator and a deal is being finalized, sources tell ESPN. Petrino won 10 games in 2010 and 11 in 2011 as the Hogs’ head coach, but was fired following the motorcycle accident scandal.
Pretty accurate timeline of Petrino’s history with Arkansas
The Bobby Petrino story:
>Be successful coach
>Bang a girl on Volleyball team
>Get her a job in football program after she graduates
>whole thing exposed by crashing your motorcycle with her on it
>Fired after embarrassing scandal for school/program
>Decade later get rehired by… https://t.co/CNkQf9xpx2
— Jack McGuire (@JackMacCFB) November 28, 2023
Fans already have high extremely hopes for 2024
One fan put together a cinematic masterpiece
Ole Miss head coach Lane Kiffin supports the move
Some fans have changed how they feel about AD Hunter Yurachek
“Stay calm everyone. What’s the procedure?”
This Thanos quote fits the situation quite nicely
Pure shock was one of the most common experiences
Brandon Walker continues his full-contrarian bit
Sam Pittman’s big plan to save Arkansas is to hire a disgraced former coach who just got another SEC coach fired when he sucked as OC this year.
I cannot believe Arkansas didn’t fire Pittman. https://t.co/i24KPV9slq
— Brandon Walker (@BFW) November 28, 2023
If you know, you know…
Some fans were not as pleased with the decision
In 2019, Petrino apologized to fans for the events surrounding his 2012 firing
Bobby Petrino got emotional when he spoke at the LRTD club back in 2019. He then spoke very highly of the Arkansas fanbase and talked about how important they are to the team’s success.
— Mason Choate (@ChoateMason) November 28, 2023
Surely there’s a clause in the contract that prevents motorcycle usage
Fans had soured on both Hunter Yurachek and Sam Pittman until today’s news
This would be a very interesting development
Thinking about how with Sam Pittman sitting on the hot seat, we’re really just one bad game away from interim Arkansas head coach Bobby Petrino. pic.twitter.com/ESNtWuOZjy
— RedditCFB (@RedditCFB) November 28, 2023