Bobby Petrino is staying put in Fayetteville, Arkansas. Apparently, he is staying there for a long while.
Bobby Petrino, the offensive mastermind that was blistered by the media after resigning as head coach of the Atlanta Falcons to take over as the Head Hog at the University of Arkansas, signed an extension that runs through 2017 and increases his annual base salary to $3.56 million.
The deal makes him the third or fourth highest paid coach in the SEC and no lower than the seventh highest paid coach in the nation. The rankings depend on the details of the Will Muschamp contract in Florida which have not yet been released. The contract slides him nationally ahead of Mark Richt of Georgia and just behind Jim Tressel of Ohio State.
Clearly, the University of Arkansas ponied up to keep the coach that inherited a program left in shambles and in just three years created it into an SEC monster. Looking at the details of the contract, it becomes evident that both parties were very happy with each other, and the joint commitment is possibly unprecedented in college football. Read more…