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.
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.