This week a firestorm started with an interview with Bobby Petrino Sr. saying that his son is definitely interested in the Kentucky job and that he may take the first job offered him because his itch to coach is furious. Immediately the Twittersphere got hot with UK fans loving the idea of Petrino in Lexington and others hating it. And Louisville fans getting red in the face over the prospect of facing their former coach every year.
There are good arguments on both sides of the Petrino issue. Hiring him was compared to selling our souls for some wins. Comparisons to BBNs disdain of Calipari pre-UK were rebuffed or completely ignored. But it all boils down to this: Is it worth it to win? I say: Absolutely.
I understand, Bobby P is not a good guy. He cheated on his wife and gave his mistress a job in the Athletic Department. That’s a no-no, especially giving her a job. But if your only objection is to the infidelity, get off your moral high-horse and realize that football coaches are people and make mistakes. If you think that the scandal will hurt Petrino’s ability to recruit, look no further than Rick Pitino. He seems to be doing alright.
Another drawback of Petrino is that he is jerk. Supposedly makes him hard to work with. You know what? I bet a lot of people would say that Nick Saban is a jerk, along with Steve Spurrier, Les Miles, Mike Gundy and Urban Meyer. Mike Leach, BBNs golden boy, is not only a jerk he is borderline crazy. The only truly nice football coach I can think of who had sustained, high-level success is Tony Dungy.
Kentucky football needs a jerk. They need someone to stand and fight for football at a basketball school. Rich Brooks is a good example. We all love Pawpaw Brooks, but he was a cantankerous old man to deal with. And he fought Mitch Barnhart constantly over funding he was promised that turned out to be a lie by the AD. He fought for this program until the day he decided to retire rather than keep coaching under Barnhart.