FAYETTEVILLE Former Arkansas coach Bobby Petrino is a football coach. That hasn't changed despite everything that went down in April.

So it's little surprise Petrino who told ESPN in an interview earlier this month he hopes to coach again has been spotted on a football field this summer. And it's even less of a surprise it's at Alabama-Birmingham, which is preparing for its first season under former Arkansas offensive coordinator Garrick McGee.

Petrino has spent the past two days observing UAB's practices, according to Steve Irvine of The Birmingham News. Irvine has a story on Petrino's first day here.

McGee spoke about Petrino's visit with the Blazers after Tuesday's practice:

"That's what we all like to do and that's what we do during the season," McGee told The Birmingham News. "Coaches get in the room, close the door and talk ball. That's pretty much what we did most of the day."

"It's always good to have him around," McGee said. "He's an expert at what he does. Anytime you can have an expert in the building it's always good."

Several members of the UAB staff have either played for or coached with Petrino. It includes McGee, former Arkansas linebackers coach Reggie Johnson and former Arkansas graduate assistants Brandon Sharp and Richard Owens. Also on staff is offensive coordinator Jeff Brohm, who worked with Petrino at Louisville.

"He brings a lot to the table as far as helping a young head coach, as far as helping a young offense and kind of looking at things and giving his input," Brohm told the Birmingham News. "We were happy to have him here and he helped us tremendously."

Robbie Neiswanger Arkansas News Bureau