What is it lately with big media and high profile coaches taking new jobs? Is it just jealousy, or are these guys really that detached from reality?
Today, Stewart Mandel weighs in with Bobby Petrino leaving Louisville to take the Falcons’ head coaching job with the provocatively titled post, “Petrino deserts Louisville“. Evidently Petrino’s sin in Mandel’s eyes was to agree to a long term big money contract with Louisville. Never mind the fact that in jumping to the pros, Petrino basically doubled his annual salary. Or that when he signed that ginormous contract, he negotiated a clause that allowed him to go to the pros without having to pay a buyout penalty (you’d think that would be a clue about his intentions, wouldn’t you?).
Mandel wants to equate Petrino with Saban in terms of how he handled the move, but is forced to admit that “Petrino didn’t flat-out lie to the public like Saban did.” Nope, Petrino’s greater faux pas is that, unlike Saban, he succeeded too well:
…Had Petrino remained the coach and both Brian Brohm and Michael Bush returned for another year, the Cardinals, coming off a 12-1 season and Orange Bowl victory, would have been prime contenders for next year’s national championship.
Petrino has the program perched at a level of unprecedented success? The bastard!
Let’s see: if you’re a head coach and you’re honest about your job situation, like, say, Jim Mora, you get crucified; if you deliberately mislead folks about your job situation, as Saban did, you get crucified; and if you really don’t say anything of substance one way or the other about your job situation, as Mandel admits Petrino did, you still get crucified.
If there are any other options, perhaps Mandel could enlighten us about them. Or maybe he’s angling to become a big name coach’s press agent…