*The pictures are all taken by my iPhone. Does anyone recognize the southern cook look alike sitting directly in front of me?
Earlier today, Bobby Petrino was named the head football coach at Western Kentucky University. I’d never attended a press conference before. But Bobby Petrino was having a press conference 25 minutes from where I live. I HAD NO CHOICE. I had to attend.
I made the short 25 minute drive down to Bowling Green, arriving at the press conference around 3:15. It was already beginning to fill up. Twenty minutes before it started, it was standing room only.
I won’t go through quote by quote what was said by Petrino and WKU AD Todd Stewart, but I will hit the high points and give you a few tidbits relative to us in UK land.
*Stewart said they wanted to hire the best “person” to continue the program’s upward climb. He wanted a “consistent winner.” He got one of them, I
*Petrino said he considered this “coming home” for he and his family. He said he has spent the past 8 months in counseling with his family rebuilding those relationships and “making things right with his wife.” Petrino’s wife was in attendance with him at the presser.
*When asked if his off field troubles will hurt his ability to recruit, Petrino said he will now be able to sit down with families and share his experience and how he became a better person. Said he can now help players who incur problems along their journey. Petrino said he wants to coach not only the “player” but also the “person” now.
*In my favorite part of the presser, Stewart noted that “This is the United States of America. People deserve second chances.” I like how people drop the word America during statements to lessen the opposition against the statement. As if coming back against the statement is treason.
*Petrino is now the highest paid coach in the Sun Belt. Don’t act like your not impressed.
*In UK related news, everyone’s favorite UK troll asked Stewart if since hiring Petrino he’d had any offers from Kentucky to buy out the game in Nashville. Stewart gave UK credit for scheduling the four year series with Western. He said UK had nothing to gain from doing it and that WKU was nothing but appreciative.
*A continuation of the WKU-UK football series is unlikely. WKU is moving to nine conference games and won’t have room. As it was, their next two schedules are already finalized without Kentucky.
*Petrino took a page out of every coaches’ press conference book and talked about “The Process” a lot. I don’t know what “The Process” is, but it sure is popular.
If the showing at the presser today is any indication, WKU fans are in support of this hire. If I was a WKU fan, I would be too. As Stewart alluded to a couple of times, no matter if Petrino stays forever or leaves after a year, as long as the program is in a better place when he leaves that’s all WKU can ask for. I hope UK fans feel the same about Mark Stoops.
I turned 30 yesterday and my memory is fading, but I can’t remember there EVER being this much excitement around football in December in the state of Kentucky. Enjoy it, it might never happen again.