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UT’s Martin Joins SEC Hoops’ Best-Ever Photo Collection

Over the past few years we’ve seen some pretty memorable photographs of SEC basketball coaches.

Ex-LSU coach Trent Johnson gave us this classic “Who told you to put a balm on it?” look:
















Ex-Arkansas coach John Pelphrey provided a “Scanners” pose:

















The current Florida assistant also reminds us of ex-Men at Work frontman Colin Hay:



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Then, of course you have Florida head coach Billy Donovan, whose widow’s peak has led to comparisons to Eddie Munster:


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Everyone remembers this mugshot of Mississippi’s Andy Kennedy:


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Kentucky’s John Calipari looks like he stepped right out of a mob movie.  Whether he’s threatening to shoot a guy, begging for his life, or getting gunned down, Coach Cal is ready for “The Godfather Part IV.”























Now Tennessee’s Cuonzo Martin has a badass photo for the gallery of SEC’s best.

















Yikes.  You’d never guess Martin played for Gene Keady at Purdue, wouldya?

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Papa Petrino Says His Son Has The Itch To Coach Again, But Who’ll Pull The Trigger?

You can hardly call this one a surprise.  Bobby Petrino wants to coach again.  The ex-Arkansas coach lost his job in April when it was learned he had hurriedly pushed the hire of his mistress through the UA athletic department.

According to his father, Bob Sr., Bobby wants to be back on the sidelines and back in the same conference:


“I know he wants a job; he needs a job.  He told me, ‘I need a job, Dad.’  I said, ‘Well, you must still have some money.  You made three-and-a-half million dollars (per year).’  And he said, ‘Yeah, I do.  It’s not the money.’  He just misses coaching so much…

I just know this, that he’s interested in Kentucky.  He wants to stay in the SEC.  That was his life’s goal was to go to the SEC.”


Here’s guessing he didn’t tell Atlanta Falcons owner Arthur Blank that when he jumped to the NFL for a half-season, pre-Arkansas.

So Petrino has let it leak out that he wants back in the game and back in the SEC.  And his father even added that “he might take the first job he gets offered.”  Expect plenty of Kentucky and Auburn and Tennessee and Arkansas fans to start pushing for him at their schools.

But ultimately, who will roll the dice on Petrino?

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Petrino Opens Up To ESPN; The Rehabilitation Begins

People are an odd bunch.  Most all folks say they believe in forgiveness (especially when they’re the ones in need of it).  But when someone else is guilty of a major failing, we need to see them grovel a bit before we can let them back into our good graces.

I’m reminded of ESPN’s Dick Vitale stating that Bruce Pearl should be axed from his job at Tennessee only to then immediately state that he hoped someone would give Pearl a second chance once he was indeed fired.  Pearl couldn’t have just been punished at Tennessee, he had to be fired… then someone could bring him back.  (Ironically, it was Vitale’s own network that’s bringing him back this season.)

For years Pete Rose was told that he would have to admit to betting on baseball before he would be considered Hall of Fame worthy.  Finally, Rose came clean.  But the reaction from most — including Major League Baseball — was that he wasn’t quite remorseful enough.  So Rose is still locked out of the Hall at Cooperstown.

Ex-Arkansas coach Bobby Petrino isn’t going to go the Rose route.  Today, ESPN’s Joe Schad scored the big sit-down interview with the axed Razorback coach.  Petrino becomes emotional a couple of times during the interview as he talks about how he hurt his wife and his children.  It’s the kind of “crawl on your belly and weep for us” entertainment that we as a society love.

You can watch the video here.

Some will look at Petrino and claim he’s faking it or that he’s not shedding enough tears.  I’m not that cynical.  I suspect the man is truly hurting and truly remorseful.  How could he not be?

But the reason to sit down with ESPN and open up about the incident is very much calculated.  This is the first step on the road back to coaching for Petrino.  He knows it, ESPN knows it, and you and I know it.  Petrino even tells Schad that this experience will make him a better coach in the end.

Now, should someone give Petrino a second chance?  At life, sure.  That’s between his wife and his kids.  We are all flawed and we all fail miserably at times.  He shouldn’t have to wear a scarlet letter on his chest for the rest of his life.

But in terms of hiring him as a football coach?  Well, considering how he almost backstabbed former boss Tommy Tuberville, how he did backstab Atlanta Falcons owner Arthur Blank, and how he did backstab Arkansas AD Jeff Long — I believe I’d  think long and hard about handing my football program’s keys to Petrino if I were an athletic director.

Whether he’s hired again or not — and here’s betting he will be — it’s still a shame in this writer’s view that he has to publicly hit the ground and grovel just to get that process started.

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SEC Headlines – 4/29/11

1.  Alabama long-snapper Carson Tinker suffered a concussion and a fractured wrist in Wednesday’s Tuscaloosa tornado.

UPDATE — Tinker’s girlfriend was killed in the storm.

UPDATE – This writer says Tuscaloosa will recover… but it won’t be easy.

2.  Marcell Dareus was the first of a school-record four first-round picks from Alabama in last night’s NFL draft.

3.  As the #1 pick in the draft, Cam Newton wins again.

4.  Ex-Arkansas quarterback Ryan Mallett is still waiting to hear his name called.

5.  Hog hoops coach Mike Anderson is working through a hectic month.

6.  Patrick Peterson was glad he could celebrate his first-round selection with Les Miles.

7.  Derek Sherrod admits there were some tense moments before the Packers called his name last night.

8.  Ole Miss defensive tackle Jerrell Powe may have to wait a while loner to hear his name called.

9.  A former UM sports media assistant is suing Ole Miss, claiming that he was fired for a non-sexual relationship with a female basketball player of another race. 

10.  Mike Pouncey told his brother he’d be picked earlier than he was… and he was.

11.  This writer says Will Muschamp is already a better disciplinarian than Urban Meyer.

12.  This AJC blogger is glad Mark Richt is losing his patience.

13.  New scoreboards at Kentucky’s Commonwealth Stadium will be paid for with private funds.

14.  This writer gives North Carolina the edge over Kentucky in hoops next year.

15.  Everyone this South Carolina beatwriter has spoken to expects Stephen Garcia to be reinstated to the team in June.

16.  Former Tennessee receiver Denarius Moore is still hoping to hear his name called in the NFL draft.

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