The rumor mill keeps churning. Earlier this week we had rumors about Phillip Fulmer, Kirby Smart and Neal Brown and the Kentucky football job; now add Bobby Petrino to that list. Bobby Petrino’s dad visited with his son this past weekend and they talked about head coaching jobs. Adam Himmelsbach wrote the article for the Courier-Journal and here are some quotes:
I know he wants a job; he needs a job,” Petrino Sr. said by telephone Wednesday. “He told me, ‘I need a job, Dad.’ I said, ‘Well, you must still have some money. You made 31/2 million dollars.’ And he said, ‘Yeah, I do. It’s not the money.’ He just misses coaching so much.
That’s interesting enough. But this tidbit takes the cake:
I just know this, that he’s interested in Kentucky,” the father said. “He wants to stay in the SEC. That was his life’s goal was to go to the SEC.
I think he’d win there,” he said. “He can win. He’s proven that. He went to Arkansas and I don’t think he ever had, by the experts, a class of recruiting that was in the top 10. And the last year he coached there he won 11 games, and the year before that he won 10, so he has his own way of recruiting and judging people.
And a portion of Big Blue Nation just went wild. Now, we all know Petrino is going to be a hot name for at least three teams in the SEC, will one of them be Kentucky? We know that Mitch Barnhart said money is not an option with this job, but Petrino will want money and promises. We will see what happens from here, but we now know that at least one guy with the last name Petrino is talking about Kentucky.
John Calipari and the Big Blue Nation Cares telethon came through and raised $500,000 last night for victims of Hurricane Sandy. Coach Cal continues to raise money and to give to humanitarian efforts. He has morphed from just a basketball coach to a basketball coach with a cause.
I don’t have time for this right now. But I have to make time. I don’t have a choice. I’m sitting in a seat that can make a difference. We know we’re not going to rebuild Staten Island, Queens or the Jersey Shore, but we may keep people alive.
This effort by Cal and the Big Blue Nation even promoted a positive tweet from self proclaimed Calipari hater Jeff Goodman: [blackbirdpie url="http://twitter.com/GoodmanCBS/status/266379298582188032"]
And if you haven’t read ESPN’s article by Jason King, “The Gospel of Kentucky’s John Calipari“, do yourself a favor and read it now. It provides great insight to who Cal is and what he wants to accomplish as a coach and as a person.
Your morning won’t be complete until you read that article.