Tom Dienhart, BTN.com Senior Writer, December 6, 2011
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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