Latest coaching notes: An update and profiling Bobby Petrino for the Auburn coaching search

12/4/2012 1:15 am ET

Latest Auburn coaching rumors, updated Tuesday morning -- Major adjustments. Bobby Petrino has dropped from No. 1 to No. 4 because he still hasn't been offered a chance to interview. Gus Malzahn, who interviewed Sunday, moved up from No. 3 to take the top spot by a slim margin. Gary Patterson remains relevant and moves up to No. 2. Kirby Smart, who also has interviewed, also has a good shot at this job and is holding steady at No. 3. Those three are in a class by themselves right now. Jimbo Fisher is staying put at Florida State and moves down. Mike Gundy and Jim Mora Jr. have declined Auburn's advances.

Bobby Petrino, formerly of Arkansas

Record: 75-26 as a head coach, 34-17 in four seasons at Arkansas

Coaching background: head coach at Arkansas (2008-2012), Atlanta Falcons (2007), Louisville (2003-06), assistant at Auburn (2002), Jacksonville Jaguars (1999-2001), Louisville (1998), Utah State (1995-98), Nevada (1994), Arizona State (1992-93), Idaho (1989-91), Weber State (1987-88), Carroll College (1985-86)

Bio: Petrino, 51, was 12-4 against SEC teams during his final two seasons with the Razorbacks and seemed primed for another good run in 2012. However, a scandal involving a motorcycle accident, a mistress and the job he helped her get coalesced into a messy dismissal. He currently is unemployed. Still, Petrino has taken both Arkansas and Louisville to BCS bowls and his offenses have been among the nation's best several times.

The Good: He coached at Auburn in 2002 and remains close with some influential people he met during those days. His offenses have been consistently potent. Scoring won't be an issue with Petrino at Auburn. He the most splashy name available. He'll also come cheap considering his current job situation.

The Bad: His departure from Arkansas was a mess. He abruptly left the Falcons in 2007 and Louisville felt jilted in 2006 as well. Some consider him an ethical liability in light of what happened at Arkansas. Also, his defenses typically aren't notable - likely due to his quick-strike attacks. Petrino's offenses often score quickly. Three-and-outs also are part of any passing attack.

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