Former Louisville coach Bobby Petrino said he still wants to coach, praised quarterback Lamar Jackson and apologized for the scandal that cost him his Arkansas job during his first public comments since he was fired at Louisville last November.

Petrino, in his first visit back to Arkansas since 2012, was interviewed Monday before a crowd of 700 at the Little Rock Touchdown Club, where tickets sold out in 24 hours. He was not paid for his appearance.

Petrino also revealed that he's writing a book about offense and left no doubts that he wants to coach again.  

“I’ve always felt like football was a way of life for me, not a job, so I do miss it,” he said. “I miss being around the players. I miss the trying to help players excel and become the best they can possibly be on the field and off the field. … You know, I love sitting around with the coaches and game planning and working with them on preparing the guys. And then Saturdays are a little boring right now. 

“You know, the competitive spirit is still there, and (I’m) trying to get myself in the best possible shape I can. If I get another opportunity to coach, I’m going to come out and do the best I can.”