Paul Petrino Among Finalists For Idaho Job


FAYETTEVILLE — Arkansas offensive coordinator Paul Petrino is scheduled to interview for the head coaching position at Idaho, according to the Spokane (Wash.) Spokesman-Review.

The newspaper identified Petrino as one of five finalists for the job Wednesday night. He joins Central Washington's Blaine Bennett, San Jose State offensive coordinator Brian Lindgren, Wyoming defensive coordinator Chris Tormey and Idaho interim coach Jason Gesser among the finalists for the position.

The Spokesman-Review said Petrino is scheduled to interview today.

Petrino worked at Arkansas from 2008-09 before leaving to become offensive coordinator at Illinois. He returned to the Razorbacks last December and was in charge of the offense after his brother, former Arkansas coach Bobby Petrino, was fired in April. Arkansas — which was led by record-setting quarterback Tyler Wilson and receiver Cobi Hamilton — struggled most of the season because of turnovers and red zone woes. The Razorbacks averaged 23.5 points and 420.2 yards a game.

“It was just tough," Petrino said. "It was kind of like we were snake-bit in a lot of games. A lot of games we just went up and down the field and just hurt ourselves."

Petrino, a Montana native, is familiar to the Idaho program after working as an assistant under John L. Smith from 1992-94. The other four candidates for the position have ties to the Idaho program either as former players or assistant coaches.

— Robbie Neiswanger • Arkansas News Bureau