To replace the man who seemingly built it all at the FBS level for Western Kentucky, the school chose the man who lost everything only eight months ago.
After making the most controversial hire in the annual coaching carousel by giving Bobby Petrino another chance, the Hilltoppers try to cap a successful season with a victory in their first bowl appearance Dec. 26 in the Little Caesars Pizza Bowl against Central Michigan in Detroit.
Petrino's predecessor, Willie Taggart, was an institution at Western Kentucky. A former Hilltoppers quarterback under Jack Harbaugh - the father of 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh and Ravens coach John Harbaugh - Taggart was part of the staff that won the 2002 FCS title before leaving with Jim Harbaugh in 2007 to be running backs coach at Stanford.
His alma mater beckoned again as Western Kentucky endured growing pains in its transition to the FBS - the school was 0-12 in its first season in the Sun Belt Conference in 2009 and 2-10 in Taggart's first season ...