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10 Reasons Why Bobby Petrino Took The WKU job

Western Kentucky University will introduce Bobby Petrino as its new head football coach, thirty minutes from now in a press conference in Bowling Green.  The hire comes as somewhat of a surprise, but there were a lot of positive things about the job that stood out to Petrino.  Here are 10 of the reasons he’ll be coaching the Hilltoppers next season…


1.  No one else wanted him.

When all the big name programs passed on him, it was either take a lower tier job or play golf until the 2014 season.

He chose to coach football.

2.  Young talent from Louisville.

Western has two future stars in DaMarcus Smith and Ace Wales, two former Louisville commits.  DeMarcus Smith was a 4-star quarterback coming out of high school and Ace Wales was an absolute beast at Central High School.  Another former Cardinal, wide receiver Jerrell Moore, left the U of L program 10 days before the 2011 season opener and will catch passes for WKU next season.

3.  (See photo.) 

He hasn’t changed.

4.  Kentucky Motorcycle Helmet Law

A person over the age of twenty-one (21) years who is operating a motorcycle or who is a passenger on a motorcycle or in a sidecar attachment is not required to wear a helmet.

Bobby Petrino hates helmets.

5.  Beat Kentucky?

His first game with the Hilltoppers will be against Kentucky, a program that turned him down, in Nashville. It’s an opportunity to beat an SEC team in an NFL stadium in his debut.

6.  Beat Tennessee?

Western’s second game of the season is in Neyland Stadium against the Volunteers.  Tennessee passed on him, too.

7.  $850,000

Petrino signed a 4-year contract with a base salary of $850,000.  Incentives include: $10,000 per year for 12,000 season tickets per year; $300,000 if Western goes to a BCS bowl; $25,000 if Petrino wins National Coach of the Year; and $10,000 if his team has a 3.0 GPA.

He’ll owe Western $1.2 million if he terminates the deal.

8.  “Arrrrite YouTube ‘vures…”

Kige Ramsey approved the hire.

Now we just need a video.

9.  Red is his color.

He wore it at Louisville, Atlanta, Arkansas and on his face after sliding across the pavement.

10.  Two words: Little. Sturgis.

It’s one of the biggest bike rallies in the south and it’s conveniently located 122 miles away from L.T. Smith Stadium in Bowling Green.

He’ll be there with his new band of rebels next summer.

Article written by Drew Franklin

I can recite every line from Forrest Gump, blindfolded. Follow me on Twitter: @DrewFranklinKSR

34 Comments for 10 Reasons Why Bobby Petrino Took The WKU job

  1. old man
    4:34 pm December 10, 2012 Permalink

    1 year, 2 at the most, and he’ll be back with the big boys. He won’t be there long.

  2. MANIA
    4:34 pm December 10, 2012 Permalink

    What error was Matt arguing with Petrino over?

    I don’t get the post by Matt…

  3. ltylerj
    4:36 pm December 10, 2012 Permalink

    Haha at #9

  4. I think Kige actually pronounces it “voowers”.

  5. BobKYCats
    4:36 pm December 10, 2012 Permalink

    @2: Bozich said Petrino has never trailed to Kentucky.

    Of course, UK beat Petrino in his first year at Arkansas.

  6. MANIA
    4:39 pm December 10, 2012 Permalink

    5 – Well that is an error…

    But, he’s had success against them no doubt, and I became aware DeMarcus Smith is going to be at WKU after wasting time down in Florida.

    Won’t be easy to get a second win against Petrino next year.

  7. KyKid
    4:40 pm December 10, 2012 Permalink

    Theres a reason no big-time school wanted him…

  8. BobKYCats
    4:44 pm December 10, 2012 Permalink

    @6: I agree. The UK-WKU game will be too close for my comfort next season.

  9. Mike Slive
    4:58 pm December 10, 2012 Permalink

    Petrino was blacklisted from the SEC after that mess he left in Arkansas…..And rightfully so

  10. BMFP
    5:00 pm December 10, 2012 Permalink

    WKU should get the job done in regulation time this time around

  11. Mike Slive
    5:01 pm December 10, 2012 Permalink

    Joker aint coaching these young men anymore. Neither UofL or especially WKU, will beat UK this upcoming season. We got our SWAG back Catfans.

  12. jake the snake
    5:04 pm December 10, 2012 Permalink

    If WKU wanted to create a PR buzz, mission accomplished.

  13. bigredbleedsblue
    5:07 pm December 10, 2012 Permalink

    As a WKU graduate and former Big Red I could not be more disappointed in the University I graduated from. Go Cats and beat WKU!

  14. SoCal Will
    5:09 pm December 10, 2012 Permalink

    Good for WKU. If a school wants to be relevant they hire the best coach available and don’t look back. Western doesn’t have the assets of an SEC school but they are going to be fine. Taggart and Petrino is 2 for 2 and lots of excitement. Now let’s not obsess over them and hope Stoops is a great choice…..

  15. BoobbyP
    5:13 pm December 10, 2012 Permalink

    Yell beoches i’m back yall thought yall got a high octane air Iaid coach haha. I don’t need a gimmick passing game to win.Got Damarcus Smith pulling the trigger and Ace running the ball too bad Uk.

  16. fur eel
    5:13 pm December 10, 2012 Permalink

    I get it that Mitch/Matt didn’t want Petrino at UK but what’s the point of being a dick to Bobby? Borderline obsession? Scared of Western in Nashville to open next year? Geesh.

    5:14 pm December 10, 2012 Permalink

    We won’t be laughing come September…BarnFart won’t be either. A SUN BELT school has the common sense to hire an EXPERIENCED Head Coach.Sure, he will be gone in a year or two…so may Stoops.Bothe for different reasons.

  18. Hilltopper
    5:27 pm December 10, 2012 Permalink

    Can’t stop talking about the tops? #WKUEffect

  19. Ding Dong, Ding Dong
    5:31 pm December 10, 2012 Permalink

    (Bobby P.) Who’s there.

    Avon calling…we have this exciting new face cream, it’s amazing.

    (B.P.) I will cream you if you don’t get off my porch.

    (Avon Lady)Calm down Bobby, just trying to help with those scares.

  20. mudcreekmark
    5:32 pm December 10, 2012 Permalink

    That is about where I thought he’d end up. Once he wins big at Western, the big boys will forgive his past transgressions and he’ll be back on top again. I don’t like him, I think he is an arrogant ass, but he is one hell of a college coach.

  21. randy
    5:56 pm December 10, 2012 Permalink

    Bobby Petrino hasn’t done anymore than 75% of uk fans… maybe uk fans need to read tha bible… I’ve been a uk fan all my life but I get sick at things from uk say…

  22. true fan
    5:57 pm December 10, 2012 Permalink

    plus there a Harley dealership and corvette plant right off of 65 in bowling green

  23. bluristhurr
    5:59 pm December 10, 2012 Permalink

    He’ll be able to take motor cycle classes too in the parking lot of the old mall and Big Lots

  24. RealCatsFan
    6:18 pm December 10, 2012 Permalink

    So, Topper fans, can someone enlighten me as to what exactly that big red “THING” is that you all have running around? Is it something that was removed on an operating table? Maybe something left over from one of RP’s trysts? Maybe he’s “Gossimer”, the hairy red monster from the Bugs Bunny cartoon?

  25. BZY
    6:19 pm December 10, 2012 Permalink

    Kige Ramsey approves this hire. CLASSIC!

  26. Still da best
    6:21 pm December 10, 2012 Permalink

    Rumor I heard out of arkansas is that the young ladies boyfriend whipped Bobby ass and he never really had an accident

  27. UkSwag
    6:45 pm December 10, 2012 Permalink

    11: HAHAHAHA! UK football swag? That’s hilarious!

  28. BGCats
    6:54 pm December 10, 2012 Permalink

    Forgot to add in that Bowling Green host Harley Drags twice a year.

  29. Big Blue Fan
    7:17 pm December 10, 2012 Permalink

    Now Western has the best and most proven coach in the state. Didn’t see that one coming.

  30. jom
    8:11 pm December 10, 2012 Permalink

    Give the guy a break, this may not be too funny next fall when we play Western!

  31. Barney Rubble
    8:43 pm December 10, 2012 Permalink

    21 – huh?
    22 – The corvette plant is closed bro…..

  32. Matt
    8:12 am December 11, 2012 Permalink

    31—Corvette plant is not closed…bro…i have quite a few friends that work there
    24—Big Red is a balled up towel. Became the mascot during the years of EA Diddle

  33. The Deuce
    4:58 pm December 11, 2012 Permalink

  34. The Deuce
    5:01 pm December 11, 2012 Permalink

    You left off, “He misunderstood when they said WKU was home to Diddle Arena.”