[Vision2020] Vandals football coach Paul Petrino won’t return to Idaho in 2022

Tom Hansen thansen at moscow.com
Thu Nov 18 14:42:28 PST 2021

Courtesy of the Spokesman Review at:


Report: Vandals football coach Paul Petrino won’t return to Idaho in 2022
MOSCOW – Paul Petrino, the longest-tenured football coach in University of Idaho history, will not be returning to the Vandals’ sideline next season

Tubs at the Club, a prominent Vandal fan site, reported Thursday that Petrino and his staff will coach their final game for Idaho on Saturday against Idaho State in Pocatello.

Idaho boosters have raised funds with the intention of buying out the remainder of Petrino’s contract, per the report, which cited anonymous sources “close to University of Idaho Athletics.”

A source with knowledge of the situation confirmed the news to The Spokesman-Review.

Petrino has been at the Vandals’ helm since 2013. He was hired to rebuild a program that was left in shambles after former coach Robb Akey was fired during the 2012 season.

But Petrino’s Vandals never found consistent success in both the Sun Belt Conference (2014-17) and the Big Sky Conference (2018-present).

Idaho has compiled a 33-66 record in his tenure, including a 14-25 mark since 2018, when the Vandals returned to the Big Sky after 22 seasons in the FBS. Idaho became the first and only FBS program to drop to the FCS.

The Vandals posted one winning season in nine years under Petrino, a 9-4 campaign in 2016 that concluded with a 61-50 win over Colorado State at the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl in Boise.

Petrino’s contract runs through June 30, 2022 and his base salary is listed at $446,214.40 – the highest among Big Sky coaches.

The Idaho athletic department did not immediately respond when asked for comment.

Petrino, 54, grew up in Helena, Montana, and played quarterback at Carroll College under his late father, coach Bob Petrino Sr.

He got his coaching start at Carroll before a three-year stint at Idaho from 1992-94 under John L. Smith. Petrino coached the Vandals’ receivers, running backs and special teams then.

Other coaching stops include Utah State, Louisville, Southern Miss, Arkansas, Illinois and the NFL’s Atlanta Falcons. Petrino worked as offensive coordinator for the Razorbacks from 2008-09, and returned to Arkansas in the same role in 2012 after a two-year stay as the Fighting Illini’s OC.


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