College football: Bobby Petrino wants to coach, apologizes for scandal

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — 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.”