Jimbo is assembling a rock star coaching staff from an asshole perspective.
Petrino’s latest job change was reported Thursday. Twenty days before that, he was announced as the new offensive coordinator at UNLV. Here is what he said in a school release at the time about joining new coach Barry Odom’s staff: “Barry Odom is a talented coach who has always been highly respected and I really look forward to working with him at UNLV. I’m excited to be part of the new direction of the Rebels and compete for championships.”
Ah, well, so much for that excitement. So much for those championships. So much for the recruits he helped sway to follow him from his other old job to Vegas.
While the head coach at Missouri State way back in early December, Petrino had recruited a Texas junior-college tight end named Christian Earls and a Florida high-school quarterback named Blake Boda. When he switched jobs to UNLV, those two players wound up following. Earls signed a letter of intent, while Boda made a verbal commitment.
… This past season, D.J. Durkin was hired as defensive coordinator. You may recall, he was the Maryland coach who was fired in the wake of player Jordan McNair’s death during a conditioning workout in 2018. An investigation at Maryland ultimately determined that a “toxic culture” did not exist in Durkin’s program, but he was dismissed.
Also added to the A&M staff in 2022: Steve Addazio, less than two months after being fired as coach at Colorado State. Part of what ended Addazio’s tenure there after just two seasons: an investigation that found it “likely” he had used racially insensitive language during an altercation with a janitor, and Addazio was the aggressor in the verbal confrontation. It was Addazio’s second investigation at CSU, after being accused of violating COVID-19 protocols and a separate racial insensitivity complaint.
Really, if you’re a TAMU recruit, you’ve got to be asking yourself if there’s enough NIL money in the world to make playing there worthwhile.