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Rumors connecting Bobby Petrino to Arkansas State ‘gaining momentum’

File photo of Arkansas head coach Petrino reacting against Kansas State during the Cotton Bowl Classic football game in Arlington, Texas AP

All the SEC job vacancies have been filled — for now, barring an unexpected event — and former Arkansas coach Bobby Petrino did not land a gig in his former conference. But that doesn’t mean he won’t get back into coaching eight months after being fired by athletic director Jeff Long. In fact, Petrino may not have to leave Arkansas to get back into it.

Earlier this week, Luke Matheson of RedWolfReport.com reported that Petrino had reached out to Arkansas State about the opening left by Gus Malzahn, who returned to Auburn as the head coach. According to CBSSportsBruce Feldman, there is at least some reciprocal interest, though how much and from whom specifically is not quite so clear.

Like we said when Petrino’s name was connected to Kentucky by Petrino’s father, he’ll get a shot somewhere. He’s been too successful not to get a call and possibly an offer. It just won’t be in the SEC next year, but maybe that chance will come from ASU (although it should be noted that there is reportedly no offer).

If Petrino’s ultimate goal is to coach in the SEC again, which it is, he’ll need to prove himself somewhere else first. What’s Petrino proving? That he can be successful, but without putting himself above his superiors in the process.

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23 Responses to “Rumors connecting Bobby Petrino to Arkansas State ‘gaining momentum’”
  1. woebegong says: Dec 8, 2012 11:47 AM

    I would think long and hard about this, if I were the school. Character issues should be a consideration, no matter how good he may know the X’s and O’s.
    Another consideration might also be, how long he would stay at the school. He does have a reputation of leaving in the night, much like the colts left Baltimore a while back.
    A program needs a good stable coach and not a coaching change every couple of years.

  2. mrlaloosh says: Dec 8, 2012 12:01 PM

    This scumbag doesn’t deserve another chance. A leopard doesn’t change it’s spots and neither will this douche-bag.

  3. pjduffey says: Dec 8, 2012 12:03 PM

    “In looking for people to hire, you look for three qualities: integrity, intelligence, and energy. And if you don’t have the first, the other two will kill you.”
    ― Warren Buffett

  4. houndofthebaskervols says: Dec 8, 2012 1:02 PM

    I can see this happening. The Arkansas St job is not permanent anyway, whomever takes the job, if they’re successful, is going to bolt after 2-3 years anyway. (See Dave Doeren and Darrell Hazel)

  5. jhorton83 says: Dec 8, 2012 1:32 PM

    Arkansas St would be idiotic to do this. He’ll be one-and-done there just like Malzahn. That’s no way to build a program. Petrino is a snake who has no problem jumping ship whenever a better job comes along.

  6. bender4700 says: Dec 8, 2012 2:19 PM

    I like Arkansas State because they hired Malzhan and managed to keep him even when the big job in the state opened before the ink on his contract dried. I like a school rising in a region that’s tough to rise in.

    but if they hire Petrino, I will consider them a crap school, with terrible leaders.

    Petrino has lied to EVERY boss he’s had for his past three jobs.

    He lied to UL, lied to Arthur Blank, and lied to Arkansas’s AD.

    He is a DOUCHE bag.

    Arkansas State could do a lot better.

  7. mrslay1 says: Dec 8, 2012 2:36 PM

    Arkansas state could do better? What a joke. I’m sure all these self righteous people who have never made a mistake have Heaven all locked up, at least in their small little minds. But that is not the way it works. As far as Petrino taking the job and staying, well the AD their knows A state is just a stepping stone for any”good or great” coach and would be very lucky to have Petrino even for a year.

  8. Daryl Andrews with Construction Network, Inc. says: Dec 8, 2012 3:12 PM

    There is a bigger picture here, beyond the “he is a man not a god” debate.

    And this us it:

    http://arkansasconstruction.co/cni-construction-network-jonesboro-arkansas/blog/peculiar-pr-possibilities-of-bobby-petrino-in-para-boro-at-arkansas-state-university/

    And last I checked, Arkansas and this country have been pretty forgiving of its leaders that goof in huge ways.

  9. eatitfanboy says: Dec 8, 2012 3:21 PM

    A school like AS would be crazy to hire a guy like Petrino, who always seems to be looking for his next job.

    There is zero chance he stays there for more than two years, and they’d be lucky to get that.

    Why do they want to keep doing this? Why not find a young, hungry coach from their own level who might actually consider AS a place to grow a program and not a way station between better jobs?

  10. aglawman says: Dec 8, 2012 3:43 PM

    Easy guys…Bobby P can coach his hind end off AND he now knows the roads around rural Arky so no more accidents.

    Pull the trigger, Arky State.

  11. coolhorn46 says: Dec 8, 2012 4:34 PM

    People keep missing the point with Petrino, and with Arky State.

    Arky State is NOT a destination school, like one of the SEC teams, a UT, a Notre Dame, USC, or the like. They are a school that can win, at their level, with the right coach in place, realizing that they’re gonna have a coaching search every two or three years if the guys they hire do the job. They’re a farm team for the SEC, just like La. Tech and a couple of others.

    Bobby Petrino is a good football coach. He’s no candidate for sainthood, and he’s not gonna get nominated for Jaycees’ Young Man Of The Year. Do not expect him to take over a Bible study class. However, if you’re Arky State, and you have a chance to bring in a big name coach like Petrino, with skins on the wall in your state already, and knowing he’ll be gone by ’15 at the latest, you still do it. It’s a no-brainer.

    You might not want to trust Petrino around motorcycles, your wife, or your daughter, but any school that hires him as head coach is gonna win a lot of games, until he self-destructs or moves on.

  12. atlcane513 says: Dec 8, 2012 4:35 PM

    Arkansas State should hire Butch Davis. Big name, quality recruiter, good coach, and a little less baggage than Bobby. Plus, he’s a more stable option.

  13. mazblast says: Dec 8, 2012 5:56 PM

    I don’t care about his record as a college coach. Petrino is a lousy excuse for a person, and while I don’t ask a coach to be perfect, Petrino is not the kind of person I’d want coaching my kid.

    Known liar, known womanizer, known to walk out on his players–nope. Even in the football-crazy South.

  14. jackericsson says: Dec 8, 2012 6:15 PM

    When will Colleges recognize that leadership in the Football program requires character. These are still student athletes. If character isn’t as important as wins and losses, with coaches leaving for bigger money despite signed contracts, with the millions being paid to schools for bowls, off site games, etc. the only people holding up the ideals of amateur athletics is the students. They are now being exploited!

  15. briang123 says: Dec 8, 2012 6:42 PM

    When their season went to crap, I am sure quite a few Arkansas fans starting thinking “hey, you know, what Petrino did wasn’t really so awful.”

  16. Tim's Neighbor says: Dec 8, 2012 7:18 PM

    This is a mercenary hiring, plain and simple. If you weigh out the risk v. reward, I think I’d hire Petrino if I’m Arkansas state. I do this knowing that he won’t be there forever, but then again, Ark State will never be a permanent stop. It will always be a stepping stone. If you know accept this, hire Petrino.

    Petrino will surely also run a risk v reward analysis. I would think the potential negatives of dallying with the help as he had in the past would far outweigh the negatives. He’d be done for good if he repeats his Arkansas errors. He knows this is his last chance.

    Arkansas State can be relevant, even if it’s for a short time. Is that worth it?

  17. quitcrying says: Dec 8, 2012 10:17 PM

    Well I wouldn’t hire him personally but I don’t see a huge down side from Ark St. point of view. It puts them on the map for other up & coming coaches when he leaves.

  18. serenaundercover says: Dec 8, 2012 10:44 PM

    Bobby may want to review a couple chapters in the HR manual.

    Fraternization policy 101
    Providing proper length of notice of resignation 101

    And while this isn’t inherently in any manual. Nonetheless it is often appreciated when one delivers news of this sort face to face rather than on a piece of notebook paper tacked to a wall.

    Plus it saves a tree.

  19. coolhorn46 says: Dec 9, 2012 3:18 AM

    The point is still being missed here.

    Ivy League colleges place an emphasis on hiring coaches with character, and even they slip up occasionally. There may be a very few BCS-type schools that are picky about a coach’s personal habits. For the most part, schools want a head coach that’s gonna win enough, and attractively, to put bottoms in seats and make the athletic department big money. They consider anything they get in the way of character from the head coach to be a bonus, but unless the coach screws up badly enough to repeatedly embarrass the school, his job is safe.

    Bobby Petrino may score pretty low on character, but his teams score a lot of points and are attractive as a tv draw while winning a lot of games. That’s more than enough for a bunch of schools out there who are willing to roll the dice on Petrino that he just might not take to motorcycles and blondes again. And…if he does, well…as long as he’s made the football team attractive and profitable, there’s a good chance that his indiscretions will get swept under the carpet.

    Sorry for all the folks in high moral dudgeon over the prospect of Petrino’s employment, but those are the facts. He’ll be back coaching again soon, making a lot of money, and doing things his way while the AD turns his head. Getting bent out of shape doesn’t do any good.

  20. pdcooper08 says: Dec 9, 2012 7:03 AM

    Perhaps if Bobby gets over looked this hiring season, he can now call on a favor from his little bro at UI.

    I’m sure Paul would love to have him in Mosco running his Offense for him for a year while he attempts to stay below the radar.

    Besides, Bobby is from this area of the country and he may need that to bring himself back to earth.

  21. baller2 says: Dec 9, 2012 11:17 AM

    I am so tired of universities hiring head coaches with no moral compass, integrity or character. These are leaders of our young men and they are the worst examples. There is no way in hell my son would ever be allowed to play for a guy who conducts himself like some of these guys do. I’d rather him not play at all if that was the only choice.

  22. tg1896 says: Dec 9, 2012 3:08 PM

    According to all you Petrino apologists, he will get another job so we should just relax and accept it. Sorry – I’m not buying it.

    I’m not all that bothered about him fooling around. Very few people would lose their job over that. Hiring someone because you were engaged in the horizontal bop is a different matter – that WILL get you fired. Molding young men into quality citizens? Don’t make me laugh.

    Scumbag – pure and simple. Always has been, always will be.

  23. coolhorn46 says: Dec 9, 2012 10:19 PM

    I’m no Petrino apologist, but this is college football we’re talking about here, it’s not a morality play. Maybe some of you wouldn’t let your kid play for Petrino, but trust me, there are plenty of parents of football players who would NOT mind Petrino coaching up their kids.

    This is college football. I would say that if you want you kids exposed to a role model, send ‘em to the Boy Scouts, but these days, even that’s not a good idea.

    Speaking of ideas, if Petrino was coaching the favorite football team of a majority of posters on here, I SERIOUSLY doubt they’d sit on their hands while Petrino’s team wins and scores big. This is college football we’re talking about here…and Petrino will be back. That’s not a moral judgment…just a fact.

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