Former Louisville, Arkansas, and Atlanta Falcons head coach Bobby Petrino is in contention for the vacant Auburn coaching job, according to Bruce Feldman of CBS Sports. Petrino joins a reported list of potential coaches that includes current Louisville head coach Charlie Strong, Florida State head coach Jimbo Fisher, and former Auburn offensive coordinator and current Arkansas State head coach Gus Malzahn.
The 51-year old Petrino was 34-17 in four seasons as head coach of Arkansas. He was fired before the start of the 2012 season for his involvement in a scandal in which he used his position to procure a job for his mistress, a former Razorbacks volleyball player. Prior to joining Arkansas, Petrino was head coach of the Atlanta Falcons. He left Atlanta with three games left in the 2007 season to take the Arkansas job, leading to widespread outrage.
Petrino has ties to the Auburn program, having served as offensive coordinator for Tommy Tuberville in 2002. He left after one season on the plains to take the head coaching job at Louisville. Petrino was also considered for the Auburn job in 2003, when he secretly interviewed for the position despite the fact that Tuberville was still employed by the Tigers.
The Auburn search committee, made up of athletics director Jay Jacobs and three former players, reportedly interviewed current Louisville head coach Charlie Strong on Wednesday, though Strong has vigorously denied any reports that he met with school officials.