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  posted on 12/11/2007 at 06:01 PM


This story just broke..........

Will post from ESPN when they write about it............


I don't blame him, he inherited the train wreck that Vick started.

Good luck to him !

 

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  posted on 12/11/2007 at 06:09 PM
Here you go Kenny,

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Bobby Petrino will resign his position as coach of the Atlanta Falcons and is close to an agreement to become the new coach at the University of Arkansas, multiple sources tell ESPN.

 

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  posted on 12/11/2007 at 06:19 PM
Usually, when it comes to the Falcons, nothing surprises me. This surprises me. Can AS pay him what he earns here? MI, I could see, but AS? No offense to you Razorbacks. Poor Mr Blank, I wonder if he likes his investment about now.

 

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  posted on 12/11/2007 at 06:23 PM
I thought he wasn't a good fit for the Falcons, even before the Vick thing went down. It seemed that every year he was at Louisville, he was looking for another gig. Which is too bad, because I think he really could have built something there. The problem is, they just aren't real serious about football in that town (or at that school). Generally don't sell out their stadium, which only holds 40,000.

I think he is a terrific offensive coach, and if he can just pick a job and stay there for awhile, I believe that he'll do well. And I know he is an SEC guy at heart, so this seems like a good fit for him.

 

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  posted on 12/11/2007 at 06:28 PM
I don't suppose Lovie the dunce Smith will follow his lead and do the right thing also.

 

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Now we need to run Rich Mckay and Deangelo Hall out of town............

 

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  posted on 12/11/2007 at 07:12 PM
Good for him, welcome to the South eastern Conference

 

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  posted on 12/11/2007 at 07:47 PM
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whether he fit the team or not...I don't blame him for gettin' the hell out of Dodge.

 

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  posted on 12/11/2007 at 07:55 PM
He'll make Arkansas a bunch thugs like he did at Louisville.

He's a good coach that has no moral fiber. This will be his dream job until something else comes along. He's a liar that can't be trusted.

 

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Maybe he should have stayed with the Falcons?



I think maybe the players were revolting. I also heard he's a hard Dude to play for. And like Brother Bill said...I think he likes to "chase that dollar". Maybe he's likes the college scene better. I imagine running a Pro team can be tough on a rookie college coach.

 

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I think maybe the players were revolting. I also heard he's a hard Dude to play for. And like Brother Bill said...I think he likes to "chase that dollar". Maybe he's likes the college scene better. I imagine running a Pro team can be tough on a rookie college coach.


In his defense, the season was over before it started,although I don't think Vince Lombardi coulda coached that team.


You got that right about Lombardi........Petrino never had a chance this year. He's probably happy as he can be to be leaving.

 

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  posted on 12/11/2007 at 09:03 PM
He signed on believing he'd be ridin' a real thoroughbread in Vick. Last night he looked as though he was on a 3 legged Mule.

 

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  posted on 12/11/2007 at 10:11 PM
I'm talking about a guy that in the dark of the night met with the president of Auburn while tommy Tuberville was still the coach. Then told the media and Louisville AD Tom Jurich that it never happened.

Then a year later while traveling to a bowl game he stopped in Baton Rouge to discuss the LSU job and again he denied it.

His teams at Louisville were a bunch of thugs that spent more time in the courtroom than the classroom. And the Falcons are better off without him.

But then again judging from some of the signs at the Falcons game last night he may really belong there.

 

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I thought they were thugs before he got there thanks to John L.

 

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I thought they were thugs before he got there thanks to John L.


I forgot about Johnelle. He just continued the tradition.

 

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  posted on 12/12/2007 at 07:28 AM
From the Courier-Journal sportswriter Eric Crawford's column

Atlanta, we could have told you all about Bobby

Eric Crawford


Oh, baby.

That was my exact thought when I found out Bobby Petrino had left the Atlanta Falcons with three games left in his first season to become head coach of the University of Arkansas.

Not coincidentally, those were the same words Tom Jurich said to me on a November night four years ago. I had called to tell him the people on an Auburn booster's jet that had flown to Sellersburg, Ind., to meet with Petrino weren't, as the coach had told U of L officials, members of a headhunting firm, but the Auburn president, athletic director and trustee chairman themselves.

Oh, baby.

Petrino is lucky Jurich didn't fire him that night. If he had, Petrino wouldn't have accomplished all that he has today. And by that I don't mean his top-10 rankings, coach- of-the-year awards, Orange Bowl championship and impressive wealth.



I mean this: He managed, somehow, to come off as less honest than Michael Vick and more conniving than Nick Saban. I don't know which is more impressive.

At least he won't be as reviled in Atlanta as its most hated man -- Union Gen. William T. Sherman. All Petrino burned were bridges.

Oh, baby.

Atlanta, we could've told you. We've seen it all before. The assurances of loyalty. The indignation when doubted. The departure in the night. The only surprise is that Petrino is leaving before ever establishing that he could succeed, even a little, in the NFL.

Few people seriously held this season's struggles against him, least of all team owner Arthur Blank.

Amid the dark cloud of Vick's sentencing Monday on a federal dogfighting conviction, Blank offered Petrino as a ray of hope in interviews, calling him the team's CEO and praising him for "dealing with the set of cards that unfolded this year."
A little low on honesty

Blank should have known Petrino is usually bluffing. According to reports, the coach assured Blank earlier that day he'd return to coach the Falcons. Now it's being reported that he (or his agent) already had been in contact with Arkansas. When Petrino coached the Cardinals in the Orange Bowl, he had spoken to at least one prospective Falcons assistant several days before the game.

To steal a line from the late Atlanta humorist Lewis Grizzard, if honesty were oil, Petrino would be a couple of quarts low.

Oh, baby.

Arkansas? Let me guess, it's always been his dream to have unlimited access to Wal-Mart. You buy something, return it three months later, they don't care! It's a place, no doubt, that his family members can call home. They have to call home, just to find out where it is.

In January he said coaching in the NFL was his dream. I hope somebody at Arkansas, for the school's sake, asked Petrino just how many teams he's dreamed of coaching.

Let's get this straight. Arkansas now has Petrino, John Pelphrey coaching basketball and ex-U of L coach Tom Collen coaching women's basketball. If they come for Bill Keightley, there's going to be trouble.

Oh, baby.
A remarkable coach if only

The sad part of this is that Petrino was, and may still be, a remarkable college coach, if he can just get recruits and their parents to stop laughing. Though all of a sudden, all of these off-the-field messes that U of L has been hinting that he left here are much more pertinent, now that he's returning to the college game.

Maybe Arkansas knows what it is doing. It did hold an unusual late night news conference to announce him, lest he bolt before the ink was dry. As if that would stop him. It took him only a week to talk to Louisiana State after signing one of his U of L extensions.

But seriously, the man can coach. Razorbacks fans, you're in for a treat. His tenure may well be the most exciting few weeks in your program's history.

Reach Eric Crawford at (502) 582-4372 or ecrawford@courier-journal.com. Comment on this column, and read his blog and previous columns, at www.courier-journal.com/crawford.

 

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  posted on 12/12/2007 at 10:33 AM
In the coming days and weeks, the disingenuous drifter will say what Arkansas fans want to hear.

He'll look at them with blank shark eyes and tell them, in a monotone voice, how excited he is to be the coach of the Razorbacks. He will tell them how impressed he is by the tradition and the fan base. He will tell them that the Southeastern Conference is the place he always wanted to coach (and that might be the one true thing he'll say, given how many times he's tried to land a job in the league).

It will be a trumped-up stump speech, as sincere as a politician's pledge to cut taxes. It will simply be the latest pack of lies in a career full of them.

But it will be what Arkansas fans want to hear, and the poor saps will be desperate to believe him. During their arduous search to replace Houston Nutt, they've been used and abused by one-fourth of the coaches in the ACC -- first Butch Davis, then Tommy Bowden, then Jim Grobe. Auburn's Tommy Tuberville flirted for a minute as well.

So hiring a guy with a 41-9 college record will get the blood pumping. But those Arkansas fans ready to embrace their new hotshot coach and his pretty ball plays need to understand one thing:


Bobby Petrino gave Louisville fans plenty of reasons to smile by going 41-9 from 2003-06.

The disingenuous drifter doesn't love you or any other fan base. He doesn't love any school or any NFL franchise. He loves himself, his playbook and his bank account.

That's it. Don't expect it to change.

Bobby Petrino will return your embrace, Hog fans. But while he's hugging you he'll be looking over your shoulder, scanning the terrain for his next hook-up.

Even in a profession rife with dishonest posturing, Petrino is singularly mercenary. Loyalty, allegiance, commitment and honesty are foreign concepts to him. It must be a sad existence.

I apologize to Alabama's Nick Saban -- last year I named him president of the Liar's Club. He's been impeached and replaced by the disingenuous drifter.

Petrino's old boss at Louisville, Tom Jurich, took the high road when asked Tuesday night about the drifter's latest change of address.

"He's a great football coach," Jurich said, adding that he spoke to Arkansas athletic director Jeff Long about Petrino last week and "said nothing to discourage him" from hiring his old coach.

But Jurich did allow that he's "not totally surprised" Petrino would move on less than a year after leaving Louisville for a $24 million contract with the Atlanta Falcons.

"He's five for five," Jurich explained.

Bobby Petrino has been on the move for 15 years, with his four-year stint in Louisville the longest.


1983 Carroll Grad. asst.
1984 Weber St. Grad. asst.
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What he meant: this is the fifth straight year Bobby Petrino has tried to get another job. Every single season he's been a head coach, he's ended it by pursuing something else.

Follow the grease stain that is the disingenuous drifter's career path:

In 2003, his first year as a head coach at the University of Louisville, Petrino went behind the back of his employer and his onetime boss, Tuberville, to negotiate a deal replacing him at Auburn. He held a clandestine meeting across the Ohio River from Louisville in southern Indiana with Auburn officials, two days before both the Tigers and Cardinals played their final regular-season games.

It was, by any rendering, a spectacular bit of philandering by both interested parties.

Petrino lied about having any contact with Auburn officials -- until two reporters for The (Louisville) Courier-Journal confronted him with documentation of the private plane that brought the university president and athletic director into Petrino's backyard. I was one of the two reporters. And even when faced with the evidence, Petrino resisted telling the truth until Auburn issued a statement owning up to the whole affair.

Boxed into a corner, Petrino asked forgiveness and chalked it up to the inexperience of a "young coach." Louisville forgave him because he was 9-3 and his offense blew up scoreboards.

It wouldn't be the last time Petrino toyed with the school's loyalties, or the last time he was forgiven for doing so.

In 2004, Petrino interviewed for the Notre Dame job and had discussions with Florida and Mississippi about their jobs. Then, on Dec. 7, he pledged his loyalty to Louisville.

"I want to make it clear that I'm not interested in any other coaching jobs, and am happy at the University of Louisville," Petrino said. " I'm very excited about our move into the Big East, the opportunity to play in a BCS bowl game and the chance to compete for a national championship. [School president] Dr. James Ramsey and Tom Jurich, through their hard work and dedication, have made this the best job in the country. As I've stated before, Louisville is the perfect place to raise a family and I plan for all four of my children to graduate from high school in Louisville."

On Dec. 21, Petrino signed an enhanced contract to stay with the Cardinals.

On Dec. 26 -- well before the Petrino children had graduated from high school -- he interviewed with LSU to replace Saban. On Jan. 1, 2005, when it became obvious that he'd lost out to Les Miles, Petrino pulled out of consideration.

On the inside, several Louisville administrators were disappointed they had to keep him. They were sick of the game -- but there was no firing a guy who just went 12-1.


Bobby Petrino lost more games (10) in a partial NFL season than he did in four full seasons as a college head coach.

In 2005, Petrino interviewed with the Oakland Raiders. That's after telling people for years that he had no interest in coaching the pros -- college was where he wanted to be. He ultimately turned down the job and professed his commitment to the Cardinals again.

On July 13, 2006, Petrino signed a 10-year contract worth up to $25 million -- a staggering deal for a school of Louisville's modest football heritage and fan base. The day he signed it, Petrino vowed again that Louisville was home. He made a point of insisting that a $1 million buyout provision be put into the contract, putting his money where his dissembling mouth is.

"We did want to make a statement," the disingenuous drifter said that day about the buyout. " I wanted to make sure everyone understood -- I know I've said it -- that this is where I want to be, where my family wants to be. But I want everyone to really believe it."

Sure, he wanted everyone to believe it. Not because it was true, of course. Just because he was tired of answering questions about his wandering eye.

Five months later, he was gone to Atlanta.

Even this time around, there have been recent pronouncements of commitment to the task at hand and the people who write his checks.

On Nov. 26, Petrino told the Associated Press that he was staying in Atlanta. "I haven't given it [college coaching vacancies] one bit of thought," he said.

Shockingly, that didn't hold up, either.

Early in his career, Rick Pitino was famously called Larry Brown on training wheels. Petrino isn't Larry Brown on training wheels; he's Larry Brown in a Maserati.

The good news for Arkansas is that it might be the last school willing to give this guy anything more than what he deserves: a one-year contract and a monitoring device on his ankle. The NFL certainly will never give him another chance as a head coach, not after fleeing with three games left in the season and undercutting an owner like Arthur Blank. And every college in the country should know by now how fickle Petrino can be.

Even in what appears to be a major rebuilding year for the Hogs in 2008, I predict Petrino will do better than expected. He's that good as a coach -- for my money, the best offensive game-planner and tactician since Steve Spurrier's heyday at Florida. That will be a welcome dynamic at a school that struggled to diversify its offense beyond Darren McFadden and Felix Jones the past two years.

But a little success can be a dangerous thing. It might tempt some deluded and desperate school to offer Bobby Petrino a job -- and that's a temptation the disingenuous drifter is powerless to resist.

Pat Forde is a senior writer for ESPN.com. He can be reached at ESPN4D@aol.com.

 

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  posted on 12/12/2007 at 10:35 AM
ATLANTA -- The money isn't any greener in Fayetteville, Ark., than it is here, and in his new position, Bobby Petrino will actually earn less of it. Which apparently is fine, given that he will deal more in Razorbacks than in greenbacks.

But for Petrino, who on Tuesday afternoon resigned as the head coach of the hapless Atlanta Falcons to accept the same position at the University of Arkansas, the grass is always far greener in someone else's backyard (or on some other team's football field) than the particular patch of turf upon which he is currently standing.

Petrino could glance across the fence at the most barren front yard in the neighborhood and he would manage to somehow view it through his special prism as a meticulously manicured fairway at Augusta National.

And so the move on Tuesday, while stunning in its timing, was nonetheless altogether predictable virtually from the moment Petrino accepted the Atlanta job 11 months ago.

By definition, football coaches are movers and shakers, and Petrino certainly fills the job description on both counts. Some suitor contacts him or his agent, Russ Campbell, and Petrino starts shaking with anticipation at the mere notion of moving on. The old adage about how coaches are hired to be fired? Hire Bobby Petrino, and you're just adopting a vagabond, a guy with his ear always to the ground, his eye forever on the next job, his resume updated daily and the playbook already stashed in a briefcase.


Once a mercenary, it's hard to change stripes, although not nearly as difficult to change addresses. And the history of Petrino, one not even his staunchest apologists can explain away, is that he is forever in pursuit of the next entry on his already lengthy resume.

As delineated in his biography, his longest stint in any job was the four seasons he spent as head coach at the University of Louisville.

Given the circumstances that transpired here -- losing quarterback Michael Vick, then losing the trust and confidence of his players, and finally losing 10 of 13 games Atlanta has played in his first and only season -- Petrino has some defense for his actions. The Falcons, as currently comprised, are not the team he envisioned. The job which deteriorated after the departure of the quarterback whom he felt would expand the boundaries of his creative offense, was not the one for which Petrino signed on.

The hand he was dealt became, no doubt about it, a loser. And like every coach, Bobby Petrino abhors losing, especially when it appears that winning consistently is hardly on the horizon.

And so there is some small part of even his most vocal detractors on Atlanta's sports-talk radio shows Tuesday night that must, on some level, be able to commiserate with what Petrino went through the past several months. At the same time, his departure would be far more palatable were his words and his actions -- and, to some extent, the public facade of the Atlanta organization and owner Arthur Blank -- not so disingenuous.

The flirtation with the Arkansas position didn't just begin in the past few days. It had been percolating for nearly two weeks before Petrino or Campbell, or maybe both men, phoned university officials about 2 p.m. Tuesday to ramp up the discussions. Not more than three hours later, despite reports that Petrino and Arkansas were still negotiating at that point, a framework was already in place to make him the new Razorbacks coach and the one-and-done former Falcons coach.

One has to wonder when Blank, first left without his biggest drawing card and now about to embark on his third coaching search in four years, became aware of Petrino's interest in the Arkansas job. There had been rumors in this city for months that Petrino, already weary of the pro game and with mutiny festering in his locker room, where players flat-out didn't like the guy, was plotting his escape back to the college ranks.

The most popular conspiracy theory had Petrino pursuing the LSU job if Les Miles left to fill the Michigan vacancy. Another had Petrino eyeing the Auburn position if incumbent Tommy Tuberville departed. Remember, only a few years ago, in a surreptitious liaison that proved almost as embarrassing to Petrino as to Auburn officials, he met with school athletic executives who were scheming to dump Tuberville, which never happened.

Bobby Petrino takes his act to another sideline.

Petrino and Blank, and certainly the owner far more in recent days, did their best to quell the rumors. Ironically, the whisper they could never quite kill off was the one connecting Petrino to the Arkansas job. In fact, a very high-ranking Falcons official apprised this columnist last week that he was convinced Petrino was "chasing" the Arkansas position. And the team official offered it with such certainty and authority that I mentioned it in the "Tip Sheet" notes last Friday afternoon.

At the Monday night game here, ESPN colleague Sal Paolantonio, seated to my left at the Georgia Dome, asked if I felt Petrino would still be with the team in 2008. And I told him, no, because I believed there was too much smoke to the Arkansas rumor. Less than 24 hours later, the smoke was an inferno, and the Falcons were burned again.

In retrospect, the marriage of the Falcons and Petrino was a bad one, a flawed coupling between a franchise seeking a new face and a coach whose ego all but mandated that he attempt to transfer his college success to the highest level of the game. Because of the loss of Vick, it is impossible to assess Petrino's impact, because he never had a chance to make his offense work with a fully staffed contingent of playmakers. In virtually every game this season, Petrino was outmanned from a personnel standpoint.

That said, as was evidenced again on Monday night, he was also outcoached. On each of the three occasions on which I saw the Falcons play in person this season, Petrino looked like a guy in over his head. Personnel deficiencies aside, his game management skills were lacking and his people skills were far worse. It's become a truism in the NFL that, no matter how good you are with X's and O's, you'd better have some component of your makeup that compels players to want to play hard for you.

Among the players, who regarded Petrino as a coach with poor communications skills, no one wanted to throw themselves on the grenade.

No matter the circumstances, no matter how one sugarcoats it, that was Petrino's fault. But give the coach credit for this: In fewer than one full season -- less than half the time it took Nick Saban, who had more NFL experience as an assistant than Petrino had enjoyed as an aide in the league -- Petrino realized that it wasn't a good fit. A brilliant coach at the college level, he will have a chance in Fayetteville, where there are incredible human and material resources, to be a brilliant coach once again.

As for the Falcons, well, they are reeling. And while the franchise's dire circumstances aren't fully the fault of Blank and general manager Rich McKay, they must share some of the culpability. Blank became a billionaire, at least presumably in part, because he made savvy decisions, could read people, hired terrific lieutenants at The Home Depot to enact his design.

Characteristically, men grow wealthy by being excellent judges of character, but Blank failed to see through the tawdry side of Vick and the itinerant bent to Petrino. When the Falcons hired Petrino, the choice was praised by a lot of NFL personnel directors and general managers, many of whom predicted to me that he would be a successful coach in the league.

And so Blank, it seems, wasn't the only one who misread Petrino. Unfortunately, for Blank, whose good intentions and desire to win keep blowing up in his face, he's the only one who hired him. Turns out that maybe Blank is better at finding people to manage the drywall department or to order hammers than he is at finding someone to manage his football team and bark orders at his players.

Before the Monday night loss to New Orleans, yet another low point for a franchise that always seems to find a sub-basement every time one thinks it has hit rock bottom, Blank met with some media members to discuss the sentence handed down to Vick earlier in the day, and to philosophize on the future of the team.

During the brief session, he referred to Petrino as "the CEO" of the franchise, a term that confused some media types, since the coach carried no such title.

But less than 24 hours later, the CEO term seems to make some sense, if one assumes that it's shorthand for "Changes Employers Often," which is what Bobby Petrino does. And what Falcons management should have known is in his blood.

Senior writer Len Pasquarelli covers the NFL for ESPN.c

 

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  posted on 12/12/2007 at 11:51 AM
I'm no fan of perpetually nomadic coaches, but the only thing I fault Petrino for is coming to the Falcons to begin with. As a long suffering Falcons fan, I'd challenge any man to go into Atlanta and make the Falcons not only winners on the field, but off the field as well.

For that matter, I've about had it with the NFL all together. The street thug image being overlooked, and even glamorized by almost every team in the league is simply not worth lending my support or money to any longer.

The death knell for me was the end zone celebration where the "Free Mike Vick" undershirt worn by Roddy White wasn't visible when it was pulled from under his regular jersey by Joe Horn, but the play by play idiot (whose name I've forgotten) made it a point to make sure that America knew it was there. Say what you want about free speech, but can't a point for decency be made also ?

 

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  posted on 12/12/2007 at 01:21 PM
What ever happened to finish what ya started, would make me wonder if he was going to stay put or go for more cash down the road, if I was thinking about being recruited by Arkansas

 

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  posted on 12/12/2007 at 03:14 PM
As Mike Greenberg said this morning how do you trust your son to his prgram when he has signed 20 years worth of contracts over the last year or so.

 

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  posted on 12/12/2007 at 03:33 PM
the falcon's should get jimmy johnson, they would be on top in 2 to 3 year's
 

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  posted on 12/12/2007 at 08:42 PM
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Maybe he should have stayed with the Falcons?



I think maybe the players were revolting. I also heard he's a hard Dude to play for. And like Brother Bill said...I think he likes to "chase that dollar". Maybe he's likes the college scene better. I imagine running a Pro team can be tough on a rookie college coach.


And the trend continues: Spurrier, Brooks, Saban, Butch Davis, now Petrino. I don't think these guys can get back to college coaching fast enough. IMO they are doing it to get away from todays pro players. Things seem backwards when the coach has to prove himself to the players. Used to be the other way around.

As far as Petrino is concerned, I can't really blame him for leaving, but he needs to stay put for a while this time. Shed his well-deserved rep as a job-hopping liar.

 

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  posted on 12/12/2007 at 08:49 PM
Another notch in the Vulcans storied history... hahahahahahaha
 

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  posted on 12/12/2007 at 08:55 PM
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the falcon's should get jimmy johnson, they would be on top in 2 to 3 year's



I'd rather keep losing than to have to look and listen to him in Atlanta.

I know he's been a great coach, but I just can't take that hair..LOL


I like Dennis Green...just because I like to watch him go off :

Dennis Green After Da Bears Loss
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aYKIcnj1MJY

[Edited on 12/13/2007 by OldDirtRoad]

 

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