So, the wandering coach has himself a new gig at Western Kentucky, and the chattering class is predictably outraged. Stewart Mandel is in a state of gastric distress and thinks that Something Should Be Done:
If all of this makes you want to vomit, then you’re living under the fantasy notion that winning with integrity is still a priority in college sports. It is in a few places, but one needs to only follow the recent conference realignment wars to know that ego and/or desperation drives most decisions these days. And it’s not like anyone in power is stepping in to stop it.
Man, if they ever made a rule that punished institutions for hiring horn dogs, people in power would be the first ones to feel its bite. Besides, it’s also not like anyone is going into this deal with his or her eyes closed, as even Mandel admits.
Meanwhile USA Today’s Mike Lopresti clucks that it’s all too soon (exactly when is the right time for something like this, anyway?) and wonders what the parents will think.
Western Kentucky has a new football coach. What are the parents of a high school recruit supposed to say, the day Bobby Petrino sits in their living room and promises that he will be a role model for their son, and that his program will instill values and principles — not to mention a pretty good passing game?
The same things parents were saying when he was at Arkansas, of course. It’s not like people didn’t already have a good handle on Petrino’s character before he took that motorcycle ride. The only difference this last time was that he shat in his own bed. Ironically, it’s likely to be the one lesson he learns about how to conduct himself.
In the meantime, we’ll get the pleasure of watching him open next season coaching against two SEC teams. If he beats either, it’ll start him back down the road to a major conference coaching job that much sooner. I just hope WKU did a good job with his contract numbers. If the school plays its cards right on the buyout, it could turn a profit on Petrino, which, when you think about it, would be the cherry on top of the cynical sundae.