The former Arkansas Razorbacks coach reportedly contacted Arkansas State about their opening after it was announced that Gus Malzahn accepted the head job with the Auburn Tigers. If Petrino ends up coaching the Red Wolves next season, he'll inherit a team that finished 9-3 during the regular season on their way to becoming champions of the Sun Belt Conference.
Petrino last coached at Arkansas in 2011, leading the Razorbacks to an 11-2 season before being fired during the offseason. Prior to his successful tenure at Arkansas, Petrino served as the head coach at Louisville, where he led the Cardinals to two seasons with 11 or more victories. Following his stint there, he held the Atlanta Falcons' head coaching position for 13 games in 2007 before leaving to take the Arkansas job.