Move over, Nick Saban.

There’s a new lying SOB in town.

Petrino called about 5:45 p.m. and resigned.

Called? Pure class.

And I don’t even like the Falcons.

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UPDATE: Dennis Dodd warns the good people of Fayetteville, Arkansas not to get too comfortable with their new head coach. My two favorite Petrino factoids from Dodd’s post:

  1. Over a four-year period at Louisville, Petrino lost an estimated 45 signees. They either never made it to campus or were kicked off the team. That’s almost half of his recruits.
  2. Petrino has proven to be a guy who is always looking for the next best thing. This is his 13th job since 1983.

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UPDATE #2:  ESPN’s Pat Forde has a few choice things to add.   My favorite part:

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.

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.

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10 responses to “Move over, Nick Saban.

  1. Maybe Arkansas fans should call the Alabama fans and see how a coaching move like this worked out for them.

  2. I don’t blame him. He didn’t get to coach the team that he thought he was getting – and it has been obvious for months that he wasn’t an NFL coach.

    Better now, than after two or three seasons of crappy play. And I don’t like the Falcons either.

    Miles will be the next one you can call a liar. Wait and see.

  3. Maybe Arkansas fans should call the Alabama fans and see how a coaching move like this worked out for them.

    I just wish I could be a fly on the wall in the house of the first recruit that Fulmer visits who’s also considering Arky and ‘Bama.

  4. Miles will be the next one you can call a liar. Wait and see.

    Nothing would surprise me. But at least it’s Miles’ alma mater that’s beckoning. Petrino has no loyalty to any place.

  5. Ally

    I’m shocked everytime I hear someone say “I don’t blame him.” Wow, are you kidding me? I guess words like committment, integrity, honesty are foreign to you – and don’t give me that crap about “coaches are like politicians.” Its just a pathetic excuse to be an SOB.

    It doesn’t matter that Vick left a huge mess in Atlanta. Petrino knew he was getting a project & a team that would be new to his scheme. He took it anyways. He accepted the challenge. He should have at least finished out the year!

    Yet he QUIT…with 3 games still left to play. After CALLING HIS BOSS ON THE PHONE TO QUIT. After a 10 second “I’m outta here” speech to his other coaches. With no face to face meeting with his team. After lying to the face of his boss just hours prior.

    He’s a coward – at best. Hell, he made Saban look good yesterday.

    I don’t understand people who say they “don’t blame him.” Fan or no fan of the Falcons, I don’t get how anyone can be okay with what Petrino did. Wrong is wrong. Period.

    The Hogs deserve better, ’cause I guarantee you Petrino will screw them over for a “better opportunity” in less than 4 years.

  6. motorcitymad

    I am a Falcons fan, and if we’ve gone ahead and rid the team of the Vick cancer, why not also cut out the mercenary head coach who never had the best interests of the team at heart? A little discouraging to be completely starting over, though…

    We throw ‘class’ around a lot, but if Bobby Petrino isn’t the antichrist of class, I don’t know who is. It’s been said a million times already, but I’m really glad we have CMR as the head guy – can we get him a raise this year?

    I saw a quote from one of his ‘recruits’ talking about how quickly they would be challenging for a national title, the idea being that if he could win at Louisville, why not Arkansas; sounded like a good, well-thought-out argument to me…

  7. Wow, are you kidding me? I guess words like committment, integrity, honesty are foreign to you – and don’t give me that crap about “coaches are like politicians.” Its just a pathetic excuse to be an SOB.

    In response, no. Words like commitment, integrity, honesty are not foreign to me – as a matter of fact they are very dear to me.

    That being said, and I don’t have a clue who you are, do you cry the same river – and toot the same horn for coaches that are fired before their contracts are up? What about the team’s commitment to a coach? Commitment is a two way street – and it does not functionally exist across the board between owners/schools and their coaches.

    The reality is – all that was broken was a contract – and there are clauses written in these contracts for this very thing.

    Petrino was an awful NFL head coach. I’m glad that he was man enough to realize that – and had enough integrity to take a $1M+ per year pay cut.

  8. And one more thing, I agree with you – Petrino won’t last four years at Arky. The man has loyalties to no one.

  9. Ally

    “That being said, and I don’t have a clue who you are, do you cry the same river – and toot the same horn for coaches that are fired before their contracts are up?”

    Not that this has ANYTHING to do with the topic at hand, but I’ll bite anyways. I absolutely, 100% feel the same way when a team breaks a contract w/ a coach. I fully understand and respect committment. I’m old school like that apparently.

    But lets not mince words here, bulldawgy. More than just a contract was broken and it pains me that you don’t see that. What a shame.

    The man quit before the end of the season. Regardless of the situation, he made a promise (to his boss’s face not 24 hours prior mind you) that he would see this season out. He didn’t. He lied. He quit. Period.

    Any real, respectable man wouldn’t do that. If he wanted out after the season, fantastic. It was clear long ago that he was not equipped for the job. But you just don’t leave an organization, team, and/or fans, who put their complete faith (& bank) in you, in the lurch like that.

    He’s devoid of character and integrity. The Falcons will be better off without him in the long-run.

    I have to say, thank you for giving me a good laugh though – to think that you define integrity as taking a $1 mil pay cut is hysterical.

  10. I thought I’d add this little dollop to the Petrino integrity stew. Here’s what Mark Bradley wrote about BP today:

    …He was the first man to the exit. He didn’t even make provisions for his staff, which includes his brother Paul. What kind of guy acts like that?

    Ouch.