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 with Dorrell but 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.