Arkansas football Coach Bobby Bobby Petrino will be the guest speaker at the annual Mississippi County Razorback Club banquet, scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Feb. 28, at the Manila Airport Center.
The tickets are $20 per person and include barbecue ribs, chopped pork and chicken, catered by Big Butts, and a program with Head Football Coach Petrino.
There will be a silent auction for football and basketball tickets.
Coaches are scheduled to arrive at 6 p.m. and a meet and greet time will be held before the meal is served at 6:30 p.m. The program will begin at approximately 7 p.m.
Seating is limited so get your tickets as early as possible. Tickets are available from any Board member. Any questions may be addressed to Ben Hubbard, 870-763-4409, or Mike Huffman, 870-763-8101, in Blytheville, Harry Wooten, 870-563-6561, in Osceola, or Ray Benson, 870-623-4442, in Manila.
The dinner this year is again sponsored by Armorel Planting Co. and John Ed Regenold. Memberships in the Mississippi County Razorbacks are available for $15 individual or $25 joint.
Coach Petrino at Arkansas
Coach Petrino has wasted little time showing Razorback fans and the rest of the college football world why he ranks among the most successful coaches in the nation. In just his third season at the University of Arkansas, Petrino led the team to the AllState Sugar Bowl marking the first Bowl Championship Series game in school history. In doing so, he became the only head coach in history to lead two different schools to their first BCS bowl appearance.
In his three seasons at Arkansas, the Razorback offense has rewritten nearly every school passing record and for the first time since joining the league, UA has led the SEC in scoring (2009) and passing offense (2009 and 2010).
The team has shown marked improvement each year under Petrino finishing with five wins in 2008, eight in 2009 and a 10-3 record in 2010. The Razorbacks won 10 games for the eighth time in school history and the second time since 1989 earning a trip to New Orleans to take on Ohio State. The team broke or tied 12 single-season records in 2010 - total offense yards (6,273), total offense yards per game (482.5), total yards per play (7.08), passing yards (4,338), passing yards per game (333.7), pass completions (301), touchdown passes (36), completion percentage (.647), pass attempts (465), passing first downs (173), total first downs (291), kickoff returns (54-tie).
Petrino's collegiate head coaching resume includes leading his teams to six bowl game appearances, including a victory in the Bowl Championship Series' 2006 FedEx Orange Bowl in his ultra-successful four-year tenure at the University of Louisville.
Petrino's college experience includes stops at Arizona State University, the University of Nevada, Utah State University and Auburn University. His NFL coaching tenures have come with the Jacksonville Jaguars and the Atlanta Falcons.
In his coaching career, Petrino has worked with numerous players who went on to play professionally, including an impressive list of NFL quarterbacks. As a head coach, he helped develop quarterbacks Stefan LeFors (2003-04) and Brian Brohm (2004-06) at Louisville. As a coordinator or assistant, he tutored Jason Campbell at Auburn (2002), Chris Redman at Louisville (1998), Jake Plummer at Arizona State (1993), and Doug Nussmeier (1990-91) and John Friesz (1989) at Idaho.
On Dec. 11, 2007, Petrino was named the 30th head coach in Razorback football history. The announcement marked Petrino's return to college football, the very landscape that put him on the coaching map.
Prior to his tenure as the head coach of the Atlanta Falcons during the 2007 season, Petrino coached four seasons (2003-06) at Louisville.
In 2006, Petrino guided the Cardinals to a 12-1 record, including a 24-13 win over nationally-ranked Wake Forest in the BCS FedEx Orange Bowl. Louisville vaulted to as high as No. 3 in the polls during the season and finished with a final No. 6 national ranking in the Associated Press poll, the highest ranking in school history. Louisville had three victories over top-15 ranked teams, including wins over No. 15 Miami (31-7), No. 3 West Virginia (44-34) and No. 12 Wake Forest (24-13). The 12 victories also set a new school mark, breaking a record Petrino had held in part previously with 11 wins in 2004. The Cardinals won their first Big East Conference title, ranked second in the nation in total yards (475.3 yards per game) and fourth in the nation in scoring offense (37.8 points per game). Louisville also led the Big East in pass offense average (290.0) and first downs (296).
In 2005, Petrino led Louisville into the Big East Conference and guided the Cardinals to a 9-3 record and their first New Year's Day Bowl game since 1991. Louisville ranked ninth in the nation in total offense (482.1) and third in the nation in scoring offense (43.4). The Cardinals scored at least 30 points in 11 of 12 games, including eight games of more than 40 points, four games of 50 or more points and three 60-point outings. Seven Cardinals earned All-Big East honors in the school's first year in the league, including BronkoNagurski and Ted Hendricks Award winner Elvis Dumervil. Dumervil led the nation in sacks (20) and forced fumbles (10) on his way to consensus All-America honors. Running back Michael Bush led the nation in scoring (14.4), scored 24 touchdowns and became the school's first 1,000-yard rusher since 1999.
Petrino's 2004 Louisville team went 11-1, won the Conference USA championship and beat No. 10 Boise State in the Liberty Bowl, 44-40, to end the season ranked No. 7. The Cardinals led the nation in total offense (539.0) and scoring offense (49.8), surpassed 40 points nine times, scored 50 points seven times and set an NCAA record by scoring 55 or more points in five-straight games.
The groundwork for the record-setting success to come was laid in Petrino's first season as a head coach at Louisville in 2003. Taking over a team that had finished 7-6 the season before, Petrino guided the Cardinals to a 9-4 record and a GMAC Bowl berth. The nine wins were the most by a first-year Louisville coach. It didn't take long for Petrino to set the tone in his first collegiate coaching stint. In his first career game as a head coach, Petrino led Louisville to a 40-24 win over arch rival Kentucky. Louisville led the league and ranked among the nation's best in total offense, rushing and scoring. The Cardinals ranked fifth in the nation in total offense (488.9), 10th in rushing (228.2) and 15th in scoring offense (34.6) in Petrino's inaugural season. Louisville set six Conference USA records including the mark for total yards after the Cardinals raked up 779 yards, including 445 rushing yards, in a 66-45 win over Houston.
Prior to Louisville hiring him as its head coach, Petrino served one season as the offensive coordinator at Auburn in 2002. In his one season with the Tigers, Auburn went 9-4, including three wins over top-10 ranked opponents, and won a share of the SEC Western Division title.
Before going to Auburn, he spent three seasons in the NFL with the Jacksonville Jaguars. He was the quarterbacks coach in 1999 and 2000, and the offensive coordinator in 2001.
In his first stint at Louisville, he was the offensive coordinator for the Cardinals in 1998. In that one season, Louisville was the top-ranked NCAA Division I-A team in scoring and total offense while recording the biggest turnaround in the nation. The Cardinals improved from 1-10 in 1997 to 7-5 in '98.
The Helena, Mont., native was the offensive coordinator at Utah State for three years (1995-97) before going to Louisville. While in Logan, Utah, he helped Utah State set school records by averaging 468.5 yards of total offense and 317.5 yards passing during the 1996 season. Prior to his arrival, USU averaged just more than 300 yards per game in total offense. In 1996, the Aggies also racked up a school-record 273 first downs, an average of nearly 25 first downs a game.
In 1994, he was the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at the University of Nevada. The Wolfpack ranked second in the nation in passing (330) and total offense (500) per game, and was third in the nation with 37.6 points a game. During his one-year stint at Nevada, the Wolfpack boasted 10 100-yard rushing performances and six 300-yard passing efforts. Nevada posted a 9-2 record and won a share of the Big West title.
In 1992 and 1993, he was the quarterbacks coach at Arizona State where he assisted in the development of future All-American and NFL star Jake Plummer. While with the Sun Devils, Petrino also worked with then-ASU quarterback and current UA offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Garrick McGee.
Prior to his two years at Arizona State, he was the quarterbacks coach (1989) and offensive coordinator (1990 & 1991) for three seasons at the University of Idaho. He was the wide receivers coach at Weber State in 1987 and 1988.
Petrino literally grew up in the coaching profession. His father, Bob Petrino Sr., coached at Carroll College in Helena, Mont., for 26 seasons, earning 163 victories and 15 conference titles. As a child, Petrino Jr. would race after school to the practice field to observe his father during his legendary career.
Petrino officially started his coaching career as a graduate assistant for his father at Carroll College in 1983. After a graduate assistant stint as quarterbacks coach at Weber State in 1984, Petrino returned to be the offensive coordinator for his father in 1985-86. Carroll had the top-ranked offense in the NAIA ranks in both of his seasons, thanks in large part to the play of Bobby Petrino's younger brother, Paul, who was a four-year starter at quarterback at Carroll College.
Before Bobby Petrino coached for his father, he played football for him at Carroll College. Petrino played quarterback and twice earned NAIA All-America honors. He led the Fighting Saints to three straight Frontier Conference championships and was named the league's most valuable player in 1981 and 1982. He also played four years of basketball at Carroll. Petrino earned a bachelor's degree in physical education with a minor in mathematics from Carroll in 1983.
Born March 10, 1961, Petrino and his wife, the former Becky Schaff, have four children: Kelsey, Nick, Bobby and Katie.