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Arkansas AD Upset With CBS Over Petrino Cursing Episode

Talk about shooting the messenger…

Arkansas athletic director Jeff Long says that he’s “disappointed” with SEC broadcast partner CBS for showing a replay of football coach Bobby Petrino hurling some seriously foul language at LSU’s Les Miles two Saturday’s ago.

“Professionally, I’m disappointed at the way that CBS portrayed Coach Petrino on the sideline.  I think it’s one thing if it’s (broadcast) live and they catch a coach using language, that’s one thing.  But I’m disappointed they chose to record it and shot it later… and further that they showed it in slow-motion so words could be made sure they could pick it up…

Certainly none of us like the use of profane language.  Certainly it happens in the heat of the battle and it’s unfortunate.  But I think in this case, I’m disappointed in the way it was (handled) by CBS…

I can tell you no coach wants to be seen on national television using profane language.  But does it happen?  Absolutely.  And, like you say, the heat of the moment to get a point across.  It’s not something that people should be shocked by, but, again, we don’t like the use of the language like that, certainly, where it can be shown, and, being honest with you, taken out of context.”

Long has expressed his concerns to the SEC office but has heard nothing back.  He also said he’s spoken with Petrino about the incident.

Where to start?

How about with Long deciding to bring this back up and put a spotlight on the issue once more.  Not smart.  The story was dead, now Long has unearthed it.  And he made a whole lot of excuses in the process.

Long blamed CBS for showing the clip as though they’re supposed to go out of their way to make every SEC coach look good.  CBS and the SEC have a good relationship, but you can be sure there’s nothing in the contract between the two that forces CBS to puff up the conference or its teams or its coaches.  There’s no “Thou must cover our butts whenever possible” clause.

Long also suggested that foul language is used often and that it shouldn’t be shown via replay or in slow motion.  Well, it is.  Often.  And sometimes in slow motion.  Not to mention the fact that when a coach points his finger at another coach and tosses F-bombs, well, there’s not a broadcaster in the country that wouldn’t show that.  Cursing may happen on sidelines, but firing a “F*** you, M***** F******” at a rival coach is pretty dadgum unusual.

Finally, Long suggested that the video was taken out of context.  How?  Was Petrino pointing at a water boy?  An official?  An opposing fan?  Would that make his words any more acceptable?

Now personally, I wasn’t offended by Petrino’s language in the least.  They’re only words.

That said, I was surprised to see him aim them at a rival coach.  First time in 40 years I’ve ever seen an SEC coach utter those words to another SEC coach in full view of television cameras.

If Long’s going to be upset about something — and it seems he’s more bothered by the language than anyone here at MrSEC.com is — then he should talk to, ya know, the guy who actually hurled the bad words while standing on the sideline in, ya know, full view of every camera in the stadium.

CBS was trying to make a blowout interesting.  Petrino’s the guy that gave them the opportunity to do it.  And ESPN, ABC, FOX and any other sports broadcaster would have handled that piece of tape in exactly the same way.

Bottom line?  Long should have passed on any questions about the cursing episode at this point.  It was old news until he started making excuses for his coach.

 


32 comments
Dana
Dana

You all also need to keep in mind that emotions were running extremely high bc just 5 ays ealier, they had a teammate pass away. Running up the score at the point was like adding insult to injury.

Eugene McDonald
Eugene McDonald

The AD, University president, and the backwoods school itself should be ashamed of their coach's actions on the sideline. There is never a call for that, and memory serves me correctly the loser petrino 'shame' , there were still 7 minutes left in the game. What does he want LSU to do, start kneeling down? Please, the game is still on, my only regret is that LSU didnt hang 60 on him and his overrated team. You perino shame, if you don't like something, like the team your playing beating you down, do something like uh, STOP em.

Jamie Thornton
Jamie Thornton

I still love how John always gives views to make his points, but doesn't give the full story. Like last week he went on about the fact a 19 year old that he takes in and his death doesn't matter. That there is no emotion there. THat might have been the most ridiculous comment i've ever seen. Plus how he tried to talk about how Arkansas ran up the score, but you never did see the first string in or Field Goals in the last 5 minutes of those games. Another point he didn't make. Now he goes on again in this story about making a bigger deal than it is. A media member asked him to respond. If he says no, then people like John(mr.sec) make a story about that. THe fact he did respond and he didn't say what John wanted to hear, people like John(Mr.Sec) goes on another rant about it. OH well, it is what it is. The bias is very obvious. But that's why it's on the internet or a grocery store magazine rack. It gets people riled up. It's just beyond stupid to me. OH and to the others points about how it's never taken place in 40 years, John must not watch a lot of football.

Rob
Rob

Again, here's my problem John. Are you a lip reader? If not, how do you know what Petrino actually said? Because you don't! You're just assuming you know, because someone put the idea in your head and that gets to my next point.

I believe it was Gary Danielson who was responsible for putting that idea in everyone's head. I like Gary Danielson! He's always been more then fair to Arkansas and Coach Petrino, imo. I just think he made a mistake by a) wrongly interpreting what Coach Petrino said and b) by trying to interpret it in the first place. The only lip reader I know says he said something else, although I forget what it was right now.

As for Long and Coach Petrino, they know there's no sense in denying it at this point, because everyone already has their mind made up. Personally, I fully support Long, because I'm sick of watching Arkansas be falsely accused of stuff that even if they did do it, they're not the only ones. You've never seen a coach curse his opponent before in 40 years? Well, I've been watching college football for nearly that long too (~35 years here) and I don't know how any real college football fan couldn't have. Of course, it usually takes a bit of assuming on my part, too.

P.S. I'm currently aware of Nick Saban doing the very same thing. If I send it to you, will you give him equal treatment? If you haven't seen it, then you may be the only one.

Fayettechill14
Fayettechill14

C'mon now, I think it's obvious what Petrino said. Long didn't deny it and he could have if it was not true.

Saban cusses out his QBs and refs on the sideline (videos of that have suddenly gone viral...), and while pointing and cussing at a coach is off-color, it's not THAT MUCH over-the-top.

Jamie Thornton
Jamie Thornton

I agree. if he didn't say it, a statement would've already come out. He said it and meant it.

Jack Bird
Jack Bird

To say it's never taken place in 40 years is kind of like saying that Kristy Alley wont get fat again. SOrry Kristy, but that's just a ridiculous statement. We don't have tv cameras at every game for the past 40 years and he's probably right. I"m sure it goes on all the time. THis is really a non issue. I've seen multiple times where a coach is unhappy with another coach at the end of the game. Just look at the 49ers Lions game from earlier this season. Or Pete Carrol and Jim from the USC/Stanford game. THings are said all the time. I don't know why John wants to act like this kind of thing has never taken place. We can all pretend like everyone like everybody in the conference. But that's not the case. I thought Gary said it best after the game. THese two play again next year don't they? Give me a ticket to that game. They call them rivals for a reason John. It's really not a big deal and again, (believe it or not) This stuff happens a lot. Not once in 40 years.

Tngilmer
Tngilmer

Frank Broyles would never have screwed the pooch like these guys at Arkansas.

BuckeyeHog
BuckeyeHog

A Clay Travis - type effort by John.

Sad. I thought you were more professional than most.

I am deleting my bookmark to Mr. SEC.

johnmrsec
johnmrsec

BuckeyeHog...

Yes, for me to comment on a story that an Arkansas paper reported really is above and beyond. And the part where I said Petrino's cursing didn't bother me was really a cheap attack.

Either a) you didn't read the piece -- which is my bet -- or b) the only bookmarks you have are those for Razorback messageboards.

John

Rob
Rob

But you covered it John! I don't care where you got it, because I'm here. Not only did you cover it, but you made a story out of it, complete with your very own opinions.

I'm not the least bit surprised that you found it in an Arkansas paper, because we have some of the worst writers around. Besides, they're likely repeating whatever they heard on ESPN, because that's how they operate more often then not.

Fayettechill14
Fayettechill14

Agreed. Arkansas needs a central media outlet that can be a solid authority on all issues. It seems like EVERY small issue at Arkansas gets blown up into a PR nightmare. From the reporter in the Florida hat, to the Marquel Wade hit, to this, the Arkansas media cannot sufficiently defend the school.

Jack Bird
Jack Bird

lol. John, while I thought the story by you was kind of lame, it's crazy that anyone would delete their mr.sec bookmark over it. lol. My bookmark isn't delted if it makes you feel better.

Mike Ardoin
Mike Ardoin

Are these folks that much in denial? That delusional??? Wow!!!

Fayettechill14
Fayettechill14

Denial of what? There's no denying what Long addressed...

Fayettechill14
Fayettechill14

John,

Long's statement was made after news broke that the SEC office was reviewing Coach Petrino's actions against LSU. Long didn't bring it up out of nowhere. I doubt that the SEC office will take any action in this, but that's what sparked Long's statements.

johnmrsec
johnmrsec

Fayettechill14...

Long was asked about it by the press and he could've easily given a "We'll let the SEC handle it" response. That would have been that.

John

Jack Bird
Jack Bird

He gave details to the story that everyone always wants. Now people are being critical of it. I guess he should just be quiet about it. It keeps people like Mr.Sec in business.

Fayettechill14
Fayettechill14

That was my thought, originally. I know he could have said no comment and been fine, but doesn't this make good news?

I don't mind MrSEC putting out a story about this--everything negative at Arkansas gets a story it seems--but this isn't the stance I thought John would take on the matter. I didn't like CBS intentionally showing obvious profanity on the air either, but it's whatever. Petrino made a show for himself.

Fayettechill14
Fayettechill14

Okay, fair enough. He probably should have. CBS and ESPN usually cut away from brawls, so it was odd to play profanity in slo-mo from up close. Long felt like that was an attack on Petrino and the UofA. Hmmmm, I guess us Arkansas fans aren't alone in that feeling ;)

tigertown79
tigertown79

I still cannot feel sorry for Petrino because he ran up scores a few times this year against opponents. Don't do something then get mad because they do the same to you.

Jack Bird
Jack Bird

How did he run up the score? He never kicked a FG with less than 5 minutes to play. He didn't have the first string in the game on the blowouts? Who really cares IMO. But that's stupid to say he ran up the score. Les Miles has already showed what a douchebag he is. He took a knee with 6 minutes to play at ole miss. You just run the ball up the middle. Then he kicks a 40 yard field goal on 4th and long v.s Arkansas. Just run the ball LES. Nick Saban has class and would never do this. That's the problem. Les Miles already has some issues with how to treat people. BUt I never see an article about that.

Redhog
Redhog

Yea and your coach is pretty much kept busy raising bail money and grinding grass with his teeth. Or maybe you are the other tiger fan in which case your coach is still trying to figure out how to make player payroll without getting caught.

Redhog
Redhog

At least we have a AD actually supporting his coach rather than throwing him under the bus. Kind of refreshing in today's college football world. What a stupid story to keep rehashing.....haters gonna hate.

jUST sAYIN'
jUST sAYIN'

One doesn't need to be a hater to find fault with what Petrino said! It's not a "stupid story" to re-hash - it is newsworthy if you take off your hog-tinted glasses. Georgia was gettin' beat worse than Arky, but you didn't see Richt mouthing obscenities or threats to Les.
Long said he's "disappointed at the way that CBS portrayed Coach Petrino on the sideline" - CBS didn't portray him in any way - they just showed Petrino being his true self - a hypocritical foul mouthed cry-baby. He was mad that Les was donig to him what he does to other teams whenever he can!

mhr
mhr

Take a look a the game-ending handshake...it says it all. I've seen 8 year olds behave better than Petrino did...what a crybaby!
Nothing he does surprises me though...any coach that quits on his team in mid-season (ala Atlanta Falcons stint) by sending a telegram should be considered a punk.

Redhog
Redhog

Really?????The Falcons again.......time to get some new material.........NOBODY CARES!!!!!!!!!!

Jack Bird
Jack Bird

lol. He's a Georgia fan. Who cares.

johnmrsec
johnmrsec

Redhog...

It was an Arkansas paper and AD Jeff Long who rehashed the story.

Thanks for reading,
John

Redhog
Redhog

Mr SEC is an Ark paper????????

GeoffDawg
GeoffDawg

ummm....click on the link highlighted in red above.



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