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College football roundup: Western Kentucky hires Petrino

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Western Kentucky has hired Bobby Petrino as its new football coach, the school announced Monday at a press conference.

Petrino, 51, replaces Willie Taggart, who left last week to take the South Florida coaching job.

Petrino was fired at Arkansas in April after lying about his relationship with athletic department employee Jessica Dorrell, whom he hired to a job in the football office. He was also involved in a motorcycle accident in which Dorrell was a passenger, but he told athletic director Jeff Long that he was by himself.

Petrino, who coached the Atlanta Falcons in 2007 before taking the Arkansas job, is 75-26 as a college head coach. His success at Louisville led to his NFL job.

Western Kentucky went 7-5 this season and will make its first bowl appearance in school history when it plays Central Michigan on December 26 in the Little Caesars Pizza Bowl.

Current WKU defensive coordinator Lance Guidry will coach the Hilltoppers in the bowl game as interim head coach.

--Injured South Carolina running back Marcus Lattimore will enter the NFL draft, ESPN.com reported Monday. An official announcement is expected later this week.

Lattimore sustained anterior cruciate ligament and lateral collateral ligament injuries on Oct. 27 against Tennessee when he took a helmet to his right knee.

He ran for 662 yards with 11 touchdowns this season.

Lattimore has been rehabilitating with the help of NFL team doctors in preparation for a pro career. However, he may have to sit out a year.

---Colorado has hired San Jose State head coach Mike MacIntyre as the Buffaloes new head coach, the school announced.

MacIntyre replaces Jon Embree, who was fired two weeks ago. Embree went 4-21 in two seasons with the Buffaloes.

San Jose State went 10-2 this season and is headed to the Military Bowl to play Bowling Green on Dec. 27. It's not yet clear whether MacIntyre will coach San Jose State in its bowl game.

---Pittsburgh Steelers offensive line coach Sean Kugler has been hired as the next head football coach at UTEP, the school announced during a press conference.

Kugler, 46, replaces Mike Price, who retired after nine seasons with the Miners. Kugler was a defensive lineman for the Miners from 1984-88, the final three seasons current athletic director Bob Stull served as head coach. Kugler, who spent the past three seasons with the Steelers, is set to hire Washington State linebackers coach Jeff Choate as his defensive coordinator, according to the El Paso Times.
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