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Paul Petrino hired as Idaho coach

Published on NewsOK Modified: December 3, 2012 at 5:18 pm •  Published: December 3, 2012

MOSCOW, Idaho (AP) — Arkansas assistant Paul Petrino was hired Monday as the new head football coach at Idaho.

Petrino has produced some of the most prolific offenses in the nation as an assistant coach at several other schools, Idaho officials said.

"He is one of the top offensive minds in college football," school President Duane Nellis said.

Petrino replaces interim coach Jason Gesser, who guided the Vandals during the final four games after Robb Akey was fired.

Terms of his contract were not disclosed.

"All I've ever wanted to do was to be a head coach," said Petrino, who is the brother of former Arkansas coach Bobby Petrino.

Petrino said he would bring his high-powered offensive schemes to Idaho, and restore the program to the success it enjoyed two decades ago when he was an assistant here.

"People feared the Vandals," he said. "This program has a great tradition."

Petrino most recently served as the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at Arkansas, where this year he went through the firing of his brother, who was dismissed for hiring his mistress to a position in the athletic department and initially lying about her presence during an April 1 motorcycle accident, and the more recent departure of interim Arkansas coach John L. Smith, a long-time mentor.

Paul Petrino served as an assistant coach at Idaho under Smith from 1992-94, and later coached at Utah State, Illinois, Louisville and with the Atlanta Falcons of the NFL.

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