HOGS GET PETRINO; WAZZU, S. MISS, NAVY NAB COACHES: The college coaching carousel seems to be slowing down.
While the Michigan mess continues to spin out of control, Arkansas has finally landed a leader, as Bobby Petrino fled the Falcons for Fayetteville.The NORTHWEST ARKANSAS TIMES reports the new coach signed a 5-year deal worth $2.8 million per season Tuesday night, a few hours after turning in his resignation to his Atlanta employers.
Petrino becomes the 4th ex-NFL coach to currently roam the SEC sidelines, joining South Carolina’s Steve Spurrier (Redskins), Alabama’s Nick Saban (Dolphins) and Kentucky’s Rich Brooks (Rams).All four also share the common trait of previously coaching successfully at college, only to poop out in the pros - Spurrier at Florida, Saban at LSU, Brooks at Oregon, and Petrino at Louisville.
Now other schools are also starting to fill in their coaching blanks. Washington State nabbed Eastern Washington coach & former Cougar player Paul Wulff to prowl around Pullman. Southern Miss will be tipping their hat to Oklahoma State coordinator Larry Fedora to lead the Golden Eagles program.
And Navy has promoted assistant Ken Niumatalolo to captain the Midshipmen in the wake of Paul Johnson’s departure. The hire is also a barrier-breaker, as Niumatalolo is believed to be the first-ever NCAA head coach of Polynesian ancestry.Checking the leaderboard, these teams still need a savior (or at least someone to send them to a bowl game):
Oh, and there’s one more opportunity that’s just opened up. All interested parties should send their resumes and headshots, along with a self-addressed stamped envelope, to:Arthur Blank
Atlanta Falcons Football Club, Inc.
4400 Falcon Parkway
Flowery Branch, GA 30542
No postcards, please.