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Athlon Ranks Bobby Petrino As College Football's 16th-Best Coach

Andy Lyons

Yep. It's the time of the year where these types of posts start flowing like Twista doing a guest spot in 2004.

Athlon decided to kick off the endless season of college football preview material by ranking all 128 FBS coaches, and gave high marks to Louisville's new/old front man.

16. Bobby Petrino, Louisville
Record at Louisville: 41-9 (4 years, 2003-06)
Career Record: 83-30 (9 years)
Louisville's Program Rank: No. 6 in the ACC, No. 29 nationally

Petrino is a polarizing figure in college football. There's no doubt he's made mistakes, but he's also an outstanding coach - and likely one of the best in the nation. After stops at Arkansas, Western Kentucky and in the NFL with the Falcons, Petrino has returned to Louisville. From 2003-06, the Cardinals went 41-9 under Petrino's direction and finished No. 5 in the final Associated Press poll in 2006. Petrino transformed Arkansas from a 5-7 program in 2008 to an 11-2 team in 2011. However, his tenure ended with the Razorbacks after he lied to athletic director Jeff Long following a motorcycle crash in 2012. After sitting on the sidelines for a year, Petrino was hired by Western Kentucky to replace Willie Taggart, and the Hilltoppers finished 8-4 in Petrino's only season. Again, there's no question Petrino comes with baggage. But the Montana native is a proven winner - 83 wins in nine years - and one of the top offensive minds in college football.

In case you were intrigued, Charlie Strong checked in at No. 26 on the list.