BOWLING GREEN, Ky. — Now that Bobby Petrino is back in the coaching ranks, he wants to make the most of his second chance.
Petrino, 51, was introduced Monday as Western Kentucky's head coach. He was fired by Arkansas in April for a "pattern of misleading" behavior after an accident in which he was injured while riding a motorcycle with his mistress as a passenger.
"At this point in my career, it's about getting back and coaching players," Petrino said. "It just happened to open up at a place we love.
"I hope it can be as long as possible."
Petrino was 34-17 at Arkansas before he was dismissed. He had an affair with former Razorbacks volleyball player Jessica Dorrell, whom he later hired as a football assistant and gave $20,000 in gifts. Petrino said initially he was the only person on the motorcycle but later admitted to Dorrell's presence.
"I'm going to be able to sit down with mom and dad and the student-athlete and make them understand how this experience has made me a better coach, a better person and will make me understand their son better," Petrino said during a packed news conference at Houchens-Smith Stadium.
"I'm looking forward to the opportunity I'll be able to give student athletes when they make a mistake."
Petrino is replacing Willie Taggart, who left last week to become USF's coach.
Western Kentucky gave Petrino a four-year deal with a base annual salary of $850,000. If he terminates the deal at any time, he must re-pay the university $1.2 million in six monthly payments starting the month after he leaves.
Athletic director Todd Stewart said he and Petrino had a long discussion over the weekend about the coach's past. Stewart said Petrino was candid and honest about his conduct and took responsibility for his actions.
COLORADO TABS MACINTYRE: Mike MacIntyre turned around San Jose State in short order and will be asked to do the same at Colorado.
MacIntyre, 47, signed a five-year deal to coach the Buffaloes, ending a two-week search that included a rejection by their first choice, Butch Jones.
MacIntyre inherits a program that has had seven straight losing seasons, including a 1-11 record this year under Jon Embree that was the worst in the program's 123-year history.
INJURED RB TO TRY NFL: South Carolina running back Marcus Lattimore, whose season ended with a horrific right knee injury, will enter the NFL draft, the Associated Press reported. The junior was hurt Oct. 27 against Tennessee and had surgery to repair several ligaments on Nov. 2. It is unclear when he'll be able to return to the field.
OUTBACK BOWL: Darius Rucker will sing the national anthem at the Jan. 1 game at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa.
OHIO STate: All-Big Ten defensive tackle Johnathan Hankins announced he will give up his senior season to make himself available for the 2013 NFL draft. Hankins is expected to be a high first-round pick.
UTEP: Former Miners player Sean Kugler was hired as coach, replacing the retired Mike Price. Kugler, 46, spent almost three years as the Steelers' offensive line coach, following stints with the Bills and Lions.
TEXAS TECH: Offensive line coach Chris Thomsen will serve as interim coach for the Meineke Car Care Bowl against Minnesota on Dec. 28.