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Bobby Petrino's Arkansas Contract: On His Buyout And SEC West Non-Compete

Regarding whether Bobby Petrino will take over for Urban Meyer as head coach of the Florida Gators, the Twitter rumorsphere is completely bipolar right now. For every writer who thinks Petrino’s staying put, there’s another who thinks he’s off to Gainesville. So let’s go with what we know. What’s Petrino’s existing Arkansas contract look like?

ESPN’s Chris Low reviews that infamous non-compete clause, which only restricts Petrino from jumping to another SEC West school. Florida’s in the SEC East, which wouldn't trigger it. The clause would prevent him from following Houston Nutt to Ole Miss though, so count your blessings, Hogs fans. looks into the way Petrino’s contract buyout works. The buyout amount changes over time — as of right now, it’s a little more than $3 million. By Jan. 1, it’ll be down to an even $3 million. It started at $8.75 million and decreases to FREE PETRINO! in 2014.

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