Illinois Coordinator Paul Petrino Leaving To Join Father In Arkansas

Illinois offensive coordinator Paul Petrino is the Big Ten to rejoin his brother, Bobby (right), on the staff at Arkansas.

Paul Petrino is not going to stick around as offensive coordinator for Illinois in the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl against UCLA on Dec. 31. Petrino is leaving the Illini to rejoin the staff at Arkansas under his brother, head coach Bobby Petrino.

Who says you can't go home to your old job in a superior conference at a school coached by an immediate family member?

Petrino is expected to take over as offensive coordinator in Fayetteville, replacing Garrick McGee, who left to take a head coaching position at UAB.

Illinois had fired head coach Ron Zook earlier this season, and Petrino did not appear to be on the short-list of candidates for the full time job. Defensive coordinator Vic Koenning was named interim coach and will lead Illinois in its bowl game.

For more on the Razorbacks, visit our Arkansas blog, Arkansas Expats. For more on Illinois and their head coaching search, check out our Illinois coaching search StoryStream and visit our Illinois blog, Hail to the Orange.

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