Moscow, ID, United States (4E Sports) – Arkansas offensive coordinator Paul Petrino has agreed to fill the football coaching void at Idaho, replacing Robb Akey, who was fired after five-plus seasons.
Petrino now faces the challenge of turning a Vandals team that went 1-11 this year into contenders as they compete as a Football Bowl Subdivision independent next year. The Vandals have just one winning season since 2000.
Aside from running the offense and coaching quarterbacks at Arkansas, Petrino has previously coached at Illinois, Louisville and with the Atlanta Falcons, among other stops.
Petrino, a brother of former Arkansas and Falcons coach Bobby Petrino, was an offensive and special teams assistant at Idaho from 1992-1994.
Petrino beat other finalists for the job, including Wyoming defensive coordinator and former UI coach Chris Tormey, Central Washington coach Blaine Bennett, San Jose State offensive coordinator Brian Lindgren and UI interim coach Jason Gesser.
Petrino becomes the sixth Idaho head coach since the school became an FBS (then NCAA Division 1-A) program in 1996.