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University Of Idaho Gets New Head Football Coach

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The University of Idaho has announced that Paul Petrino will be its new head football coach.

The university said Monday that Petrino has produced some of the most prolific offenses in the nation as an assistant coach at several other schools.

Petrino replaces interim coach Jason Gesser, who guided the Vandals during the final four games after Robb Akey was fired.

Petrino spoke Monday of recruiting young men of good character for the Vandals. “We're going to make sure that we go out and get the very best character we can,” he explained.

That includes making sure that players graduate. “We're going to make sure they're at study hall, so they get a degree from the University of Idaho. But, they're just someone that when you see them, you're proud that that's a Vandal. You're proud that they played here.”

Petrino has been the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at Arkansas. Terms of his contract were not disclosed.

Copyright 2012 Associated Press