It’s no surprise that Illinois offensive coordinator Paul Petrino has rejoined his brother Bobby’s staff at Arkansas. But the timing of the move seems dubious with a bowl game still to be played. Why not stay and finish the job? Even worse for Illinois: There’s a chance Illinois could lose more assistants before the Illini’s Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl vs. UCLA on Dec. 31.
Petrino worked for his brother at Louisville (2003-06), with the Atlanta Falcons (2007) and at Arkansas (2008-09) before landing at Illinois in 2010 under Ron Zook, who was fired after this season. The Illini offense started hot during the team’s 6-0 start this year but faded during the 0-6 finish.
Illinois quarterbacks coach Jeff Brohm will serve as offensive coordinator in the bowl game, according to the Champaign News-Gazette.
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