Bobby Petrino‘s penchant for possessing a wandering eye for other jobs caused some to chuckle when Arkansas announced they had reached an agreement with the head coach on a new seven-year contract.
Based on the details that are leaking out, said chuckling can officially cease.
The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette has obtained the buyout numbers contained in Petrino’s new deal, and they are truly staggering. According to the paper, it would cost $18 million — that’s the number 18, followed by six zeros evenly separated by two commas — in each of the next two seasons to buy Petrino out of the contract.
After 2012, the Democrat-Gazette writes that the buyout numbers decrease in minor increments to $3.925 million in 2017, the final year of the deal.
Again, it would cost a school/Petrino $18 million in 2011 or 2012 to pry the coach away from Fayetteville, plus come up with a lucrative contract that would presumably top the $3.6 million annually he’s making from Arkansas. In other words, Petrino won’t be leaving the Razorbacks for another job for quite some time, if at all.
Kudos to not only the school for demanding the blockbuster buyout numbers, but to Petrino as well for very loudly proclaiming his commitment to the Arkansas football program.
How about we start off the morning with something positive for a change?
As the Bowling Green caravan was driving back from Saturday’s game against Buffalo, a woman in front of the school’s four bus swerved and her vehicle hit the center divider on the Interstate in Northeast Ohio. Shortly thereafter, the vehicle burst into flames.
That’s when Dino Babers, BGSU’s head coach, and trainer Chelsea Lowe jumped into action. From the Toledo Blade:
The bus driver asked for permission to stop the bus, and I gave it to him — but I told him not to stop the other three buses,” Babers said. “Then he asked to go check out the car and see if the driver was hurt.
“I told him no, because if he was hurt there wouldn’t be anyone to drive the bus home.”
So that first BG bus, which was unaffected by the crash, stopped a short distance away, and Babers and Lowe went to the car.
“The closer we got to the car, the clearer we could see smoke billowing,” Lowe said. “We knew whoever was in the car wasn’t just going to walk away and have everything be OK.
Baber and Lowe were able to pull the 25-year-old woman away from the vehicle, and stayed with her until police and fire personnel arrived on the scene. The coach was even able to go back to the burning vehicle and retrieve the woman’s purse and keys.
As for Babers motivation in acting the way he did, read the Blade‘s account of the incident. It’ll be well worth your time.
For those looking for a change under center Between the Hedges, think again.
In Georgia’s first loss Saturday, Alabama harassed and harangued Greyson Lambert into a miserable day. The Virginia graduate transfer completed just 10-of-24 passes for 86 yards and an interception in the rain-soaked 38-10 home beatdown.
While some wondered whether UGA would pull the trigger and promote backup Brice Ramsey for the Week 6 game against Tennessee, offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer indicated that no change at the position is on the horizon — and that Ramsey would still get his opportunities.
“It’s no secret we plan on playing Brice in every game,” Schottenheimer said. “Greyson doesn’t need to look over his shoulder because Brice is going to play. …
“We believe in competition. Greyson doesn’t need to go look over his shoulder in terms of who is starting the game. He needs to worry about moving the team. He knows Brice is going to come in at some point. Nothing has changed. The rotation is what it is.”
If you were just going off the most recent tape, Ramsey’s play actually made it an easy decision for the staff to stick with status quo. Inserted in an attempt to breathe some life into a limp offense, Ramsey completed 3-of-6 passes, although two of those completions went to Tide defenders.