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06 Mar 2013
SB Nation's longform site profiles the strategic tendencies of Bobby Petrino, now toiling away at Western Kentucky.
Posted by: Rivers McCown on 06 Mar 2013
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12 Mar 2013, 5:58pm by
I'm thrilled this dude is such an enormous scumbag. If he were a scumbag of average size, he would have run the Falcons into the ground for far more than 13 games.
The Petrinos and Gregg Williams of the world just show how corrupt the football world is, and how hard it is to get new people into the head coaching ranks.
"Petrino the football mind, the architect of the power spread, is as relevant and in demand as he's ever been. That's why he's already a head coach again, less than a calendar year from a scandal naively assumed by some to be career ending at the collegiate level."
In what universe is coaching at Western Kentucky as "relevant and in demand" as coaching in the SEC? Ask the next guy on the street if he knows Arkansas' mascot...then ask him if he knows who the Hilltoppers are. Their stadium seats a whopping 22,000. Yeah, Petrino's still at the top of the game.
Petrino may be in relative purgatory now (that is, he's not coaching a Div III school), but that means squat in the corrupt NCAA Div I world. I would not be surprised to see him on a lot of big-time Div I head coach lists in the next 5 years despite his morally low-grade record.
Sure, but that's years down the road. The article is saying he's still relevant now, which is a huge stretch. He's happy to be employed now, but relevance won't reappear until he manages to win some games for them. (And likely won't truly reappear until he leaves them for a better job.)
The part I don't really get is what Western Kentucky thinks they're getting out of this deal. If he doesn't win most all his games for them, he'll be seen as a total failure. But if he does win he'll be gone in a heartbeat for a bigger program. Is their hope that he'll build something great instantly and they'll be able to keep up the momentum with his successor? Or that donors will go nuts if they have a really good season or two?
I'd guess WKU feels that Petrino gives the school a closer link to legitimacy as a program. The have a bit of an inferiority complex with regard to UK, especially considering that people show up to WKU home games wearing UK jerseys.
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