The ex-Arkansas coach who crashed his motorcycle and his career this past April, is getting mentioned in connection with the open job at Kentucky, potential jobs at Auburn and Tennessee.
Aside from Jon Gruden, Bobby Petrino might be the hottest name in the SEC this offseason. The ex-Arkansas coach who crashed his motorcycle and his career this past April, is getting mentioned in connection with the open job at Kentucky, potential jobs at Auburn and Tennessee, and even at — wait for it — Arkansas.
Ex-Razorback player, ex-Dallas Cowboys coach and current FOX analyst Jimmy Johnson told Jack Arute and Gino Torretta on SiriusXM radio yesterday that perhaps it’s time for Arkansas to re-hire their ex:
“Some people might laugh but I’m serious about it. If they want an outstanding coach they ought to bring back (Bobby) Petrino or hire Butch Davis (and ex-Johnson assistant and Arkansas native). And people say, ‘How in the world can you bring back Petrino?’ I said, ‘Listen, you forgave Bill Clinton.’ Forgive the man. Forgive the man for making a bad decision. Give him an opportunity to coach again…
He wants to get back into coaching and he’s a great coach and he made a mistake. This whole country, it’s build on forgiving people and giving them second chances. And I think the fanbase would love to bring him back. But if they don’t bring him back? Butch Davis, give him an opportunity.”
For the record, Davis would be a bit of a reclamation project, too, considering the mess at North Carolina that took place on his watch.
This writer’s all for forgiving Petrino. He messed up. Millions of us mess up everyday and many mess up in the same exact way Petrino did. I’m not big on casting stones at “sinners.”
But the problem is this — If you’re Arkansas AD Jeff Long and this guy could have cost you your job with his actions, would you be quick to hire him and trust him again? Oh, I don’t think so. Long might forgive Petrino, but that doesn’t mean he’ll bring him back to Razorback Stadium anytime soon.
That’d take more than forgiveness. That’d take a near miracle.
Then again, if a few Hog boosters get involved…