- Chris Low, ESPN Senior Staff Writer
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Fairly or unfairly, Arkansas' Bobby Petrino has the reputation of being a coaching nomad.
He's also one of the best offensive minds in the game, which is one of the reasons his name comes up every time a marquee job opens.
But with the new deal he just agreed to at Arkansas, it reinforces more than ever that Petrino is serious when he says he plans to be coaching the Hogs for a long time to come.
The new contract now takes him through the 2017 season and will pay him an average annual salary of $3.56 million, up from the $2.71 million he made this season. Included in the new deal is a mutual buyout clause in 2011-2012 should the university fire Petrino or he leave the school. The buyout is lowered by $25,000 in 2013 and falls to $14.5 million in 2014 and $10.8 million in 2015. It's $7.4 million in 2016 and $3.9 million in the final year of the deal.
The other new caveat in Petrino's deal is that his non-compete clause now extends to all SEC schools. In the old deal, he was prohibited only from taking a job with an SEC Western Division school.
The fact that Petrino has Arkansas in a BCS bowl in his third season and is only the third coach ever to take two different schools to BCS bowls speaks to his coaching ability. He's always going to be a coach that's coveted.
But by agreeing to this new deal, he's effectively taken himself off the market.
His future is at Arkansas.
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