The former is bringing Jimbo Fisher Arkansas And Louisville Head coach Bobby Petrino, one of the most respected offensive minds in football, has to be Texas A&MIts offensive coordinator, sources told ESPN.
Fisher has always called his own plays on offense and is one of a growing number of head coaches to do so, and while he will still be heavily involved in the Aggies’ offense, sources told ESPN that Petrino will take over primary playcalling duties.
Fisher just finished his fifth season at Texas A&M, a season in which the Aggies went 5-7 and missed a bowl game for the first time since 2008.
Petrino was the most recent UNLVFor less than a month, later Taking over the offensive coordinator job under new head coach Barry Odom December 15. Petrino spent the previous three seasons State of MissouriIts head coach and guided the Bears to FCS playoff appearances in two of his three seasons. At the time of Petrino’s arrival, Missouri State had gone 30 years without a playoff appearance.
After the Aggies’ disappointing 2022 season, which was marred by injuries and off-field issues, he said he was ready to relinquish playmaking duties and hire a skilled offensive coordinator and call the plays, which would free up Fisher. Be more involved in all aspects of the program. Fisher and Petrino discussed the Texas A&M offensive coordinator position in early December, but nothing materialized. Petrino then took the job at UNLV the month after Odom was hired.
Petrino told Odom on Wednesday that he is leaving for Texas A&M, according to sources, and an official announcement by Texas A&M is expected soon.
It’s not unusual for Fisher to take his time and wait until January to hire a coordinator. He hired his last two defensive coordinators (DJ Durkin and Mike Elko) after the freshman year. Fisher has also been talked to for this job TCU Offensive coordinator Garrett Riley, among others, sources told ESPN.
Petrino, 61, has extensive head-coaching experience and has had success at all of his college stops. He is a Heisman Trophy winning coach Lamar Jackson Louisville, elevated Arkansas and Louisville to national relevance for the first time in years and won 65.8% of his games as a college head coach.
But he has faced controversy along the way, particularly at Arkansas, where he was fired in April 2012 after school officials said he lied about a motorcycle accident he had with a female football staffer whom Petrino had hired and had an affair with. . The Hogs won 11 games the previous season, including a Cotton Bowl victory, and were ranked No. 5 in the final AP poll. They won 10 games in 2010 and played in the Sugar Bowl.
“Unfortunately, I’ll always carry that with me, how it ended up there,” Petrino told ESPN last summer. “I hurt a lot of people and let a lot of people down.”
Petrino’s SEC experience was particularly attractive to Fisher, whose Aggies ranked 101st nationally and second-to-last in the league in scoring offense (22.8 points per game) last season. At Arkansas, Petrino’s offense was second in the SEC in scoring in 2010 (36.5 points per game) and in 2011 (36.8 points per game) at a time when the defense ruled the SEC. In 2011, seven of the top 30 scoring defenses nationally belonged to SEC teams. Like Fisher, Petrino has called his own plays as a head coach.
He has also done coaching Atlanta Falcons There were three games left in the season before he left to take the job at Arkansas for part of the 2007 season. The Falcons were 3-10 at the time of Petrino’s sudden departure. Overall, counting a few promotions, this will be Petrino’s 19th different coaching job.
Petrino inherits a Texas A&M offense that scored more than 24 points just twice last season against FBS competition. Connor Wegman Returned to quarterback in 2022 after starting the last three games as a true freshman. the receiver Evan Stewart, also a true freshman, returns after leading the team in receiving. The Aggies hope to return several offensive linemen who suffered season-ending injuries in 2022.