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Bobby Petrino To Be Named New Western Kentucky Coach

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The troubled former Cardinal coach is headed back to the Commonwealth.

Streeter Lecka

Former Louisville coach Bobby Petrino will be named as the new head football coach at Western Kentucky during a 4 p.m. press conference on Monday. Multiple national sources have confirmed the news.

Petrino was fired by Arkansas before the 2012 season after being caught lying about his affair with an employee, which was brought to light due to his wrecking a motorcycle with her aboard.

In four seasons at Louisville, Petrino took the Cardinal football program to new heights. U of L 41-9 with two conference championships and two top ten finishes under Petrino. In 2006, the Cardinals made their first trip to the BCS, where they defeated Wake Forest in the Orange Bowl.

The move back to the Bluegrass State comes with about 1,000 sub-plots.

First, there's the fact that the Hilltoppers are opening the 2013 season against Kentucky in Nashville. Petrino famously despised the Wildcats during his time at U of L, but was reportedly interested in coaching at UK when the program was looking for a new coach last month.

Then there's also Petrino coaching quarterback DaMarcus Smith, the former Seneca star who was committed to Louisville before getting himself into a mess and signing with Central Florida. Smith will be eligible to participate in practice at WKU beginning this spring.

As far as football in the state of Kentucky is concerned, you have to love this.