The Bobby Petrino backers are out in full force

The Bobby Petrino backers went to work over the weekend, pushing a get-out-the-vote movement for the UK football coach opening. Joe B. Hall went on record as supporting the former Arkansas coach. Hall’s son-in-law is UK offensive line coach Mike Summers, who was Petrino’s OL coach at Louisville, Atlanta and Arkansas.

And I got this e-mail from a Petrino supporter:

John, if I remember correctly you are against BP coming to Kentucky, correct?

If so are you in the tank for the AD?

If not and you want to do the right thing and agree to give the guy a chance, I would appreciate you writing a positive article because the press has the power to get him hired. Or not.

We need your help with this, he has made mistakes and is remorseful. Common sense says he has one more chance to prove his character has changed.

Nobody wants to give him a chance. we are KENTUCKY and we cant be choosy. We need to roll the dice and bring him in.

Nobody is perfect. certainly not I.

 Will you help us?

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Comments

  1. Edward says:

    I think you are all a bunch of roundball junkies that do not want to allow football to succeed at UK.

  2. Jack says:

    We’ve tried that oblong ball but it’s harder to dribble :(

  3. Tom says:

    Does anyone really think Petrino would risk a career ending position at Kentucky and work for an athletic director was isn’t committed to the program?
    We’ll end up with some one’s assistant because Mitch isn’t going to put out the money for an established coach. See: ‘coach in waiting’ decision a few years ago.
    He was totally happy with going to Nashville or Birmingham for minor bowls, having the tradition continue of winning six or seven regular season games, when other schools would fire a coach with Brooks record. I believe they use the remark, we’ve reached a plateau and want to move forward with a new coach. That isn’t going to happen with Mitch. Barely average is just fine, at least in football.

  4. MC says:

    I HOPE THE AD OFFERS THIS JOB TO PETRINO. HE KNOWS HOW TO RECRUIT & WIN, THATS WHAT UK NEEDS. EITHER HIRE HIM AND BECOME A NATIONAL CONTENDER OR LOSE PLAYING AGINST HIM. HE WILL COACH DIV I AGAIN AND BE VERY SUCCESSFULL AS USUAL!

  5. MC says:

    All the hypocrytes need to get off their moral high horse and be reminded of their own personal decisions resulting in failures and regret.
    Let the man coach and hopefully at Kentucky where we so desperately need a paradigm shift in our football program. UK football program has been an embarrassment for more than a half century now and there’s simply no excuse! Don’t let this opportunity to hire a big name coach with a winning track record slip away. UK will “NOT” find a better coach with the ability to catapult the program into national contender status.

  6. John Steinmetz says:

    You don’t have to be a hypocrite to value character over wins or bowl games. I would put Petrino in the same class as Spurrier and Bob Knight. I am proud to be a UK fan but that pride would be heavily diminished if we were to hire an AH like Petrino. let’s find someone with character and class.

  7. operationruse says:

    Here is how this will play out in case you people are unfamiliar with Kentucky football history. Mitch will ignore the obvious best choice in Petrino and hire someone unproven. That coach will generate some improvement over this year’s record (how could he not) then the program will level off and eventually start to decline again. The new coach will catch heat from fans before ultimately getting the pink slip when fans fail to show up for an inferior product. Then John Clay and his media brethren will write articles about the historical futility of UK football and how nobody should be surprised with the result. #selffulfillingprophecy

  8. MC says:

    Character and class are great attributes but those attributes alone fail to help contribute the necessary funding and excitement for athletics and academic programs much less increase funding for future programs and growth, wins and bowl games do! What is the current value of an empty commonwealth seat right now? Pride within BBN is already heavily diminished. There’s no excuse to continue down the same path of bottom feeder status as we have for the past 50-60 years.