West­ern Ken­tucky goes with Petrino

Ohio State’s Hank­ins, South Carolina’s Lat­ti­more will leave early for NFL draft.

Austin American-Statesman - - SPORTS - Arkansas fired Bobby Petrino af­ter April’s mo­tor­cy­cle in­ci­dent.

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 foot­ball coach. The 51-yearold 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 he was dis­missed in the wake of the scan­dal. Petrino had an af­fair with former Ra­zor­back vol­ley­ball player Jes­sica Dor­rell, who he later hired as a foot­ball as­sis­tant and gave $20,000 in gifts. Petrino said ini­tially he was the only per­son on the mo­tor­cy­cle but later ad­mit­ted to Dor­rell’s pres­ence.

“I’m go­ing to be able to sit down with mom and dad and the stu­den­tath­lete and make them un­der­stand how this ex­pe­ri­ence has made me a bet­ter coach, a bet­ter per­son and will make me un­der­stand their son bet­ter,” Petrino said dur­ing a packed news con­fer­ence at Houchen­sSmith Sta­dium.

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.

Ath­letic di­rec­tor Todd Ste­wart knows he might get crit­i­cized for hir­ing Petrino.

“What it comes down is that he made a big mis­take and he ac­knowl­edges that and he’s taken own- er­ship of that,” Ste­wart said. “And he’s paid a heavy price for it.”

Colorado: Mike MacIn­tyre turned around the San Jose State foot­ball pro­gram in short or­der and will be asked to do the same at Colorado.

On Mon­day, MacIn­tyre signed a five-year deal to coach the Buf­faloes. He will make $2 mil­lion a sea­son.

His hir­ing ends a twoweek search by Colorado that in­cluded a re­jec­tion by its first choice, Butch Jones.

Ohio State: All-Big Ten de­fen­sive tackle Johnathan Hank­ins an­nounced he will give up his se­nior sea­son to make him­self avail­able for the NFL draft.

South Carolina: In­jured South Carolina run­ning back Mar­cus Lat­ti­more will en­ter the NFL draft, said peo­ple fa­mil­iar with the de­ci­sion. One per­son said Mon­day that Lat­ti­more is ex­pected to an­nounce his de­ci­sion later this week.

The run­ning back suf­fered a hor­rific in­jury to his right knee against Ten­nessee on Oct. 27. Doc­tors say Lat­ti­more had suc­cess­ful surgery to re­pair sev­eral lig­a­ments on Nov. 2. It is un­clear when he’ll be able to re­turn to the field.

Texas Tech: Of­fen­sive line coach Chris Thom­sen will serve as in­terim coach for the Red Raiders’ bowl game later this month against Min­nesota. Former coach Tommy Tu­berville left to take the head coach­ing po­si­tion at Cincin­nati last week.

UTEP: The school hired former Min­ers player Sean Ku­gler as its new coach to re­place Mike Price, who re­tired.

Ku­gler spent al­most three years as the Pitts­burgh Steel­ers’ of­fen­sive line coach, fol­low­ing stints with the Buf­falo Bills and Detroit Lions. He also worked at Boise State.

In­di­ans: A per­son fa­mil­iar with the ne­go­ti­a­tions said late Sun­day night that Cleve­land has agreed to a one-year con­tract with free-agent slug­ger Mark Reynolds.

Reynolds (.221, 23 HRs, 69 RBIs for the Ori­oles) will likely play first base and be the des­ig­nated

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