Petrino makes transition from SEC to Sun Belt

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Petrino jpgFormer Arkansas coach Bobby Petrino said winning is winning, either in the SEC or the Sun Belt.

“Winning football games is the result of doing everything else right,” said Petrino. “How you prepare, how you get better, how you practice. How you come together as a team. Are you tough enough to win the fourth quarter?”

Petrino, the new head coach at Western Kentucky, made his remarks at Sun Belt Media Day at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.

Petrino was fired in April of 2012 after initially covering up an alleged inappropriate relationship with a former student who he hired to work in the Arkansas football office.

Petrino sat out the 2012 season. Was he worried he wouldn’t get another head coaching job? “Sure,” said Petrino. “You always worry and wonder about that.”

Petrino led Arkansas to the Allstate Sugar Bowl after the 2010 season.

He won 12, lost 4 SEC games in his final two seasons at Arkansas.

Sun Belt coaches picked Western Kentucky fourth in their preseason poll. UL-Lafayette and UL-Monroe tied for the top spot in the preseason poll.

Arkansas State was picked fourth.

Western Kentucky opens the season August 31st in Nashville against the University of Kentucky.

In 2014, Western Kentucky will join Conference USA.