By Brian Murphy
Arkansas offensive coordinator Paul Petrino will be Idaho's next football coach, multiple outlets reported Sunday afternoon. KLEW in Lewiston posted a photo of Petrino at the airport with Idaho Athletic Director Rob Spear.
Idaho has scheduled a 2:30 p.m. Mountain press conference to introduce its next football coach.
Petrino coached at Idaho from 1992 to 1994. The brother of former Arkansas coach Bobby Petrino, Paul Petrino also has been an offensive coordinator at Louisville and Illinois.
Petrino played quarterback at Carroll College in Montana. He was the NAIA Division II Player of the Year as a senior.
The Vandals had five finalists for their coaching vacancy to replace Robb Akey, who was fired in the middle of the season. All five had ties to Idaho program, having coached or played at the school.
Petrino, Central Washington coach Blaine Bennett, Idaho interim coach Jason Gesser, San Jose State offensive coordinator Brian Lindgren and Wyoming defensive coordinator Chris Tormey were the finalists for the position.
It will be Petrino's first head-coaching job.
Paul Petrino bio
Current job: Offensive coordinator at Arkansas (2011-present)
Idaho ties: Coached receivers, running backs and special teams at Idaho, 1992-94.
Other coaching experience: Carroll College, 1990-91 (quarterbacks coach, offensive coordinator); Utah State, 1995-97 (receivers, special teams coordinator); Louisville, 1998-99 (offense); Southern Miss, 2000-02 (quarterbacks); Louisville, 2003-06 (offensive coordinator); Atlanta Falcons, 2007 (receivers); Arkansas, 2009 (offensive coordinator); Illinois, 2010 (offensive coordinator).
Playing experience: Four-year starter at quarterback for his father Bobby Petrino, Sr., at Carroll College from 1985-88. He set 16 school records, earned Kodak All-America honors and was named the Football Gazette NAIA Division II Player of the Year as a senior. In Petrino's four seasons, Carroll was 36-6 and won four Frontier Conference titles. He was an was a two-time All-American.
Education: Carroll College (Montana)