FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. - Arkansas Razorbacks head football coach Bobby Petrino silenced his critics with his signature.
Petrino signed a much anticipated contract extension likely to keep him in Fayetteville the next seven years. The deal is worth $3.65 million per year. That's nearly a million dollars more than his current salary. The contract ranks Petrino as the second-highest paid coach in the Southeastern Conference, seventh annually. The deal supersedes the remaining four years of the his current contract.
“I am excited to express my commitment to the University of Arkansas,” Petrino said. “Chancellor (Dave) Gearhart and Jeff Long have been tremendous in terms of their support and I appreciate the positive energy the fans have demonstrated."
Petrino has made headlines for one of Arkansas' most memorable seasons. In his third season, the Hogs finished 10-2, earning a bid to the Sugar Bowl. It is the school's first BCS Bowl bid. Petrino, however, led the University of Louisville to the 2007 Orange Bowl.