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Petrino resigns as Falcons head coach

December 11th, 2007

ESPN reports that Falcons head coach Bobby Petrino has decided to resign as the team’s head coach to accept the same position at the University of Arkansas. Petrino will replace Houston Nutt.

Petrino’s first year with the team had been a disappointment as the Falcons struggled to a 3-10 record. According to ESPN, this had been in the works for a number of weeks.

It is unknown on who will take over for Petrino as interim head coach of the Falcons, although ESPN’s John Clayton speculated that is will likely be either offensive coordinator Hue Jackson or defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer.

UPDATE: ESPN reports that Petrino is close to agreeing with a deal with Arkansas officials to take over the head coach position. He is expected to agree to a contract that will pay him around $3 million annually according to ESPN sources. He is in the first year of a five-year deal with the Falcons that will pay him $4.8 million per year.

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