Central Washington coach a finalist for Idaho job

MOSCOW, Idaho — Officials for the University of Idaho will interview Arkansas offensive coordinator Paul Petrino and Central Washington head coach Blaine Bennett for their vacant head-coaching job.

The Spokesman-Review reported Thursday that Petrino and Bennett are two of five finalists for the job. The other finalists are San Jose State offensive coordinator Brian Lindgren, Wyoming defensive coordinator Chris Tormey and Idaho interim coach Jason Gesser.

Each finalist either played for or has coached at Idaho.

Paul Petrino is the brother of former Arkansas and Atlanta Falcons coach Bobby Petrino. He was an offensive and special-teams assistant at Idaho from 1992-1994. Paul Petrino played at Carroll College in Helena, Mont.

Bennett was a quarterback at Idaho in the mid-1980s and served as the Vandals’ wide receivers coach in 1991.

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