Texas A&M is finalizing a deal to hire Bobby Petrino as offensive coordinator, according to multiple reports. Petrino, who’s expected to take over play-calling duties from Aggies coach Jimbo Fisher, most recently served as head coach at FCS Missouri State from 2020 through this past season, and was hired as offensive coordinator at UNLV in December 2022. First-year Rebels coach Barry Odom later confirmed Petrino’s sudden departure from the program.
“Today, we accepted the resignation of Coach Petrino & wish him well in his future endeavors, “Odom said in a statement. “I look forward to introducing our new offensive coordinator soon. As I continue to build our UNLV staff, what stands out to me is the energy around the program”
Petrino would come to College Station, Texas, with a plethora of experience as a head coach at multiple levels. He worked two stints as coach at Louisville (2003-06, 2014-18), and also had stays with the Atlanta Falcons (2007), Arkansas (2008-11) and Western Kentucky (2013). Petrino is 137-71 overall as a college head coach and is known for his track record of developing offenses.
Petrino has produced numerous successful quarterbacks during his time as a head coach, most recently 2016 Heisman Trophy winner Lamar Jackson. He will team up with former five-star recruit Conner Weigman at quarterback, who came on in the latter half of the 2022 season, to help revive and Aggies offense that ranked No. 101 nationally in scoring offense at just 22.8 points per game.
Fisher has called plays for his entire career, but fans clamored for a new playcaller as Fisher led the team to a 5-7 record behind a struggling offense in 2022. The Aggies missed a bowl game for the first time since 2008 after signing the No. 1…