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After leaving Missouri State to become UNLV’s offensive coordinator just a few weeks ago, Bobby Petrino is leaving Las Vegas to become an offensive coordinator in the SEC, according to newsleader.com.

ESPN’s Chris Low reported that Petrino is finalizing a deal with Texas A&M to become its offensive coordinator under head coach Jimbo Fisher. He noted that Petrino will take over play calling duties.

Petrino was announced as UNLV’s offensive coordinator on Dec. 15th. A day later, Missouri State promoted Ryan Beard, Petrino’s son in law, to head coach. Petrino’s son, Nick Petrino, and another son in law in L.D. Scott remain on Missouri State’s staff. Sounds like a family affair to me.

Petrino was initially tied to the Texas A&M offensive coordinator position in the weeks before he was initially hired at UNLV as its offensive coordinator. The Aggies fired Darrell Dickey as the team’s OC (offensive coordinator) late in the 2022 season. Texas A&M was 5-7 the past season and had the 94th ranked offense in the country at the end of the regular season.

Petrino was at UNLV for a short 21 days before shaking the spot. So why the sudden change? I’m so Glad you’ve asked.

Petrino was originally a candidate for the Texas A&M offensive coordinator vacancy in Fisher’s first few weeks of the search, so there had been communication between Fisher and Petrino last month. As Fisher continued his search, Petrino opted to head to Las Vegas, where Barry Odom was named head coach.

But this is an SEC coordinator job, which will almost certainly pay him better and the Aggies have more offensive talent to work with. Petrino and Fisher went head to head when they were both in the ACC, so there’s familiarity between them. And it’s a conference Petrino has coached in before with Arkansas.