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It’ll take big bucks to pry Petrino from the Hogs

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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.

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3 Responses to “It’ll take big bucks to pry Petrino from the Hogs”
  1. gamecockinfl says: Dec 12, 2010 2:32 PM

    I don’t doubt his coaching ability, but better wait and see how he does without the top 5 NFL QB, he inherited, next year

  2. edgy says: Dec 12, 2010 3:14 PM

    gamecockinfl says:

    I don’t doubt his coaching ability, but better wait and see how he does without the top 5 NFL QB, he inherited, next year


    First of all, get it straight, he did NOT inherit Mallett, he brought him in. He inherited a team that lost two first round RBs and had to rebuild the team from scratch. In the second place, at Louisville, he went 41-9 and his teams average 500 points per year. Yeah, I think he knows a little bit about offense.

    I agree, John, he really made a commitment to Arkansas because that’s a lot of money to leave on the table OR have to come up with to get out of his contract and I just don’t see anyone coming forward. Arkansas already has 24 commits and they’ve got a class that’s #12 right now.

  3. cowboys4life says: Dec 13, 2010 1:43 PM


    If you haven’t noticed, Bobby Petrino’s specialty is developing young QB’s. Go enjoy your worthless bowl game

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