Missouri State hiring Bobby Petrino as head football coach

The former Arkansas head coach is headed to Springfield.
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SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – Former Arkansas Razorbacks head coach Bobby Petrino is the next head coach of Missouri State football.

The school will introduce Petrino as the 21st head coach of the program on Thursday morning.

Petrino was not on the sidelines last year, but has previously coached at Arkansas, Western Kentucky and Louisville. He also coached one season in the NFL with the Atlanta Falcons.

The 58-year-old Petrino has an overall coaching record of 119-56 at the college level.

Dave Steckel left the Missouri State program last week after five seasons. The Bears were 1-10 in his final year with the team.


Missouri State University will host a news conference on Thursday, Jan. 16 at 8:45 a.m. to announce Bobby Petrino as its next head football coach.

The news conference will take place in the PRIME Overtime Club at JQH Arena on the Springfield campus. Doors will open at 8:15 a.m.

Petrino, who has previous head coaching stints at Arkansas, Western Kentucky and Louisville, has a career record of 119-56 in 14 seasons. He will become Missouri State’s 21st head football coach.