Bobby Petrino has emerged as a "serious candidate" to be Texas A&M's next offensive coordinator, according to 247Sports' Chris Hummer. The former coach of Arkansas, Louisville and the Atlanta Falcons is expected to interview with the Aggies in the coming days. Petrino, 61, just finished his third season leading Missouri State of the Football Championship Subdivision.
Texas A&M coach Jimbo Fisher fired offensive coordinator Darrell Dickey following a 5-7 season -- Fisher's fifth with the program. This year marked Fisher's first losing effort in 13 seasons as a head coach at Florida State and Texas A&M, and his offense was largely to blame.
The Aggies ranked 94th nationally in total offense, 102nd in scoring offense and 114th in time of possession. Dickey did not call plays -- a role that Fisher has typically maintained even as a head coach -- but took the fall for the team's offensive struggles. A partnership between Petrino and Fisher would pair two offensive minds who rose to prominence during the late 1990s and early 2000s but have come upon hard times as of late.
Petrino's final team at Louisville in 2018 ranked 108th in total offense, averaged just 19.8 points per game and finished 2-10. After a year away from coaching, Petrino resurfaced at Missouri State and led the Bears to FCS playoff appearances in his first two seasons, though this year's squad finished 5-6. Petrino last worked as an offensive coordinator at Auburn in 2002.