Bobby Petrino Steps Down As Falcons Coach

The University of Arkansas has scheduled a late-night news conference at which it's expected it will name Bobby Petrino its new head football coach.

Petrino resigned as coach of the NFL's Atlanta Falcons in the middle of a disastrous season.

The Associated Press has learned from a source familiar with Petrino's decision that he quit to take the Razorbacks job. The source wanted to remain anonymous because the school had not made the announcement.

Petrino left a successful program at Louisville to replace the fired Jim Mora with Atlanta this year amid great expectations.

But shortly after his arrival, things began to unravel with star quarterback Michael Vick being suspended from the team and
ultimately pleading guilty to federal dogfighting charges. Vick was
sentenced to 23 months in prison on Monday.

Without Vick, the Falcons have suffered through a 3-and-10 season so far, including a 34-to-14 loss to New Orleans.