Texas A&M Football Reportedly Moving On from OC After One Season
In a move that was anticipated by many Texas A&M football fans, it appears that the Aggies will be moving in a different direction for offensive coordinator than one-year man Bobby Petrino. Pete Thamel of ESPN is reporting that Arkansas is considering hiring Petrino to the same position, which would mark his return to Fayetteville after leaving in scandal over a decade prior.
This would be an interesting move on the part of Arkansas, who recently announced they are keeping embattled head man Sam Pittman. The common thought is that Pittman is being granted only one more year after the 4-8 debacle Arkansas had this season, which, if Petrino takes this opportunity, would make him the OC for two straight lame-duck coaches. Jimbo was clearly walking on somewhat thin ice to begin the season here, and Pittman is on the razor’s edge at the moment as the head Hog.
An interesting thing to watch here is—again, contingent on Petrino ending up in Fayetteville—what intrigue might ensue given Pittman’s hot seat status. If the season starts to go south once again, don’t be surprised to see the fans begin to clamor for Bobby P to get a look at the job. His regime at Arkansas was their most recent period of sustained, real success—and though the though in coaching circles is that the game is beginning to pass Petrino by (see his last season at Louisville), Hog fans are anxious enough for a return to the glory days that I would imagine they’d be happy to see a move like this happen.
This also obviously means the OC spot for Texas A&M football is open, which was all but a formality at this point. The Aggies will hopefully swing big this offseason to find a guy who can maximize the formidable offensive talent on this roster in a way the previous regime was unable to do. I’m excited to see how things pan out on that front.