Petrino was fired by the Cardinals after going just 2-8 to start the 2018 season with them, not even completing what was his second stint with Louisville. He went a combined 77-35 in his two stints with the program, and is a career 119-56 as a college football head coach. That includes runs with Western Kentucky and Arkansas. He also has some NFL experience when he was the Atlanta Falcons head coach back in 2007, He only lasted 13 games there, going 3-10 before moving on to the Arkansas Razorbacks.
He found some consistent success with Arkansas, helping them to consecutive top-12 finishes in the rankings in the 2010 and 2011 seasons. Although, he was let go in April of 2012 after misleading the school about his relationship with a female staff member. When he returned, he was able to coach flashy quarterback Lamar Jackson to a Heisman Trophy in 2016, before going straight downhill once Jackson moved on to the NFL.
Petrino now takes over for Dave Steckel, who agreed to part ways with the Missouri State program just a week ago. He went 13-42 in five seasons with the Bears, and was under contract through the 2021 season. The program is hopeful that a more known name with experience and success on his resume could bring a much-needed uplifting spirit to an otherwise struggling team.