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Would Kentucky Fans Support a Potential Petrino Hire?

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Kentucky Football.  Two words that invoke strong opinions from just about anyone with a pulse and blue blood in their veins.  And now with a potential coaching search looming on the horizon, opinions have become even more passionate from the fans who populate Big Blue Nation.  Opinions, everyone has them as the old saying goes.  One undeniably gaining popularity around the Bluegrass State is where Kentucky would be a phenomenal fit for ex-Arkansas coach, Bobby Petrino.  Controversial would only begin to describe that hire if it were ever to come to fruition.  That being said, would Kentucky fans revel in it or forever shun the existence of the football program due to his past character issues?  Well, fortunately for the former argument this University has supplied us with some recent controversial hires that will give us an excellent gauge on whether or not Kentucky fans would support a hypothetical Petrino hire.


Controversial Hire #1

We know this man.  He built UMass into a national title contender from absolute nothingness.  He resurrected Memphis into a national contender.  And now he has returned Kentucky to college basketball’s peak.  This man can coach, but as we all know, he’s the most controversial character in the game. The story is familiar to us all; two Final Four’s vacated before becoming Wildcat headman, and it didn’t take long for controversy to follow when he became Kentucky’s skipper either, recall the Eric Bledsoe investigation.  While he was never named by the NCAA in any of these investigations, John Calipari is no stranger to outside issues.

Long before this hire happened there were strong feelings coming from Kentucky fans about John Calipari.  Some negative, some positive, but you’d be hard pressed to find anyone in the middle of that discussion.   Way back in 2007 when Tubby Smith left to become coach of Minnesota the creator of this very site authored an article titled “What A Day!” in which many people of the famed comment section had an opinion on who the next coach should be.  JimmieJoeJohn went as far as saying the following, “Worst Mistake UK could make right now is Calipari, unless they want NCAA Sanctions for paying Players.”  There were some calling for Cal to be head coach as well, but judging from the comment sections around that time, opinion on Calipari was on the fence.  Some didn’t want him for his past and some wanted him because of his abilities.  When he was eventually hired two years later, opinion changed.  On March 31st in an article titled The “We Got Cal” Live Blog, there was little negative being said, everyone seemed to be elated the game’s best coach was coming to Lexington.

Even though opinion on the right way to run a program differed previously, people came around.  The rest as they say is history, Calipari has guided Kentucky to two Final Four’s in three seasons while taking the program’s eighth national title.  Countless draft picks and recognition for the program have brought Calipari’s once divided opinion numbers through the roof among UK fans.  From his winning ways on the court to his charitable ways off the court, you’d be hard pressed to find a Kentucky fan that doesn’t adore Calipari now.


Controversial Hire #2

Billy Gillispie was also a trademark example of a controversial hire, as we now know.  But, fan reaction after the initial hire was overwhelmingly positive.  Take some examples from the KSR comment section for instance.  TheDude said on April 6th, 2007, that Gillispie was a, “Great hire for UK. The man is obsessive compulsive when it comes to basketball. That is what we need. I was a Jay Wright fan, but this works for me. Now lets see if it works for UK.  Almost no way it cant.”  

Random Goober went on to add the same day, “Seriously, I don’t think any coach in college is better. Watching A&M this year, they played with FIRE and purpose. They were better coached than any team on defense. The only negative was at the end of games they had such a great player in Law the offensive flow stopped and Law took over. But Gillispie was showing adaptability by coaching with what would win. And that’s the bottom line. I’m tickled blue.”

While two anonymous message board posters may not be prime examples do we see a trend here?  After scanning through many other comments, there were very few mentions of the painfully obvious character issues that plagued him throughout his career.  To the vast majority, 2 DUI’s and “people issues” were non-issues.  People supported the man because they thought he could lead us back to the promised land.  I was one of those people.  I overlooked those issues because he could win basketball games.  Simple as that.  I, alongside many Kentucky fans, supported a man who on multiple occasions endangered people’s livelihood’s by driving intoxicated.  People love to cheer for a winner, or what they may think is a winner, so that seems to overshadow many things.


Back to football, it’s still a very long season and Joker could turn this ship around making this all a moot point.  I’d like to add it would be great for the University if he could pull it off.  But, let’s say the ship isn’t righted and we’re in the market for a new coach come November and Bobby Petrino is interested in taking the reigns as UK head man.  Would you support it?  This University is no stranger to controversial hires and if past comments and feelings are any indication, I’d be willing to bet that Kentucky fans would be willing to overlook past issues in the name of winning. Now, there are certainly inexcusable events that make a person un-employable (See Penn State), but recent history tells us Petrino’s past would quickly become a non-issue.

Article written by Jonathan Schuette

86 Comments for Would Kentucky Fans Support a Potential Petrino Hire?

  1. DT in DC
    8:06 pm September 27, 2012 Permalink

    No way. Winning isn’t worth putting a person of such low character as our coach. I think we can get a good coach AND a good person. Not that he’d be offered or accept, but I’d feel the same way about having Steve Spurrier as our coach. The guy can coach, but what a dick.

  2. Ken Tucky
    8:09 pm September 27, 2012 Permalink

    CAL brought the fun back.

    We need a football coach who can do that.

    If that means hiring Bobby Petrino, then let it be.

  3. No to Bobby
    8:10 pm September 27, 2012 Permalink

    I second that emotion. No way do I want that liar as our coach. He’d be shopping himself for a better job from the day he arrives in Lex.

  4. Micah
    8:11 pm September 27, 2012 Permalink

    No way on hiring Petrino, he’s a good coach but a train-wreck and not the kind of person we need. He’s a dick and would just be negative press to win a few football games.

  5. stevie
    8:14 pm September 27, 2012 Permalink

    Hey, if we can have a president that is bisexual (Obama), why can’t we have a male football coach that likes women?

  6. me
    8:15 pm September 27, 2012 Permalink

    Do it… do it… do it…

    For the love of gawd, please let us get Petrino. I guarantee we will not have the last place recruiting class (SEC) one time while he is here – as opposed to every year joker is here. AND, we will never lose to uofl with Petrino. Still not sure mitch has the stones to make it happen.

  7. jq
    8:17 pm September 27, 2012 Permalink

    #1 – …Winning isn’t worth putting a person of such low character as our coach… . The why in the hell did they hire the drunk from Texas? Yes they knew about his drinking before the hire!

    Mitch Barnhardt would hire the fricking Devil if it would make him look good!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  8. True blue
    8:18 pm September 27, 2012 Permalink

    Everyone was whinning and crying about hiring Cal also, now whos whinning about it? Everyone loves a winner, Petrino is a winner!

  9. Bigcat76
    8:22 pm September 27, 2012 Permalink

    You left out the whole u.l. Ex coach / (see Pitino) argument of a Petrino hire. That rules him out for me. Why get the turds chirping?

  10. bluetooth
    8:22 pm September 27, 2012 Permalink

    train wreck ? yeah prob … but he knows the game .. can recruit ? o hell yeah … loves the ladies ? o hell yeah … leave us high and dry ? o hell yeah after 4 or 5 yrs . but we will knock off several of the perrenials

  11. Bobby Petrino
    8:25 pm September 27, 2012 Permalink

    Pay me good but put me on a year to year contract. No buy out clause so I have to prove myself. With that, I’ll rock your world!!!

  12. COcat87
    8:25 pm September 27, 2012 Permalink

    I’m sorry.. But lumping Cal and Patrino in the same category is extremely unfair. Cal’s “baggage” and Patrino’s baggage are in totally different leagues.

  13. westrncat
    8:27 pm September 27, 2012 Permalink

    Please bring him here. Have a iron clad contract that he can not get out of. The man can coach. He is getting older and maybe has learned his lesson.

  14. Jarvis Redwine
    8:27 pm September 27, 2012 Permalink

    Petrino ———— Yes!

    No brainer.

    Anyone against hiring Petrino is likely a Louisville fan.

  15. Crackerhillbilly
    8:28 pm September 27, 2012 Permalink

    Those who want Petrino are ignorant. Saw this guy fairly close during kids’ middle school football, then more during high school football (he was mostly absent). He then shit on UL (well, points for that). He then went on to shit on Arthur Blank and the Falcons before his diaper blowout with the Hogs. This is a ZERO character, self-absorbed, narcissistic asshole – leopards DO NOT change their spots. I do not care that he is one helluva football coach (and he is) – he can not even stand in the character shadow cast by John Calipari. He would debase the university. Let’s move on!

  16. Coaches Agent
    8:29 pm September 27, 2012 Permalink

    Occupy Claude Bassett’s lawn in a pro rally!
    Must have Claude as next coach !

  17. UK_Gr8ness
    8:29 pm September 27, 2012 Permalink

    No frickin’ way!!! Who wants to hear UL fans run their mouths about having their sloppy seconds as our head coach? They are the LIL BROTHER, they take our sloppy seconds, not the other way around!!!

  18. MrG
    8:31 pm September 27, 2012 Permalink

    Guys, if you want to hire a Sunday School teacher, you are content with the status quo. Great football coaches are tough, onery bastards that make these kids reach a level of excellence that no Sunday School teacher can attain. Hire Petrino now. Don’t delay. It will be the second best hire Mitch has ever made and a major slap in the face to Little Brother. Write it down – hire Petrino and ticket sales go through the roof!!!!!

  19. Jarvis Redwine
    8:32 pm September 27, 2012 Permalink

    This is UK football and they/we would be idiotic to not go after Petrino.

    Those against Petrino are almost assuredly Louisville fans.

    What could be better than giving the finger to the bird fans?

  20. Mike
    8:33 pm September 27, 2012 Permalink

    Book it…if Pitino can give up the good ship UK for UL and be successful then Petrino could give up the UL ship to jump aboard the UK ship and be successful. Petrino should have learned a lot along the way with his indiscretions and just might have dummied up.

  21. Bobby Petrino
    8:38 pm September 27, 2012 Permalink

    Oh come on UK_Gr8ness….You want to talk about sloppy seconds at Louisville, Really? Did you not see how I had my fun there and then liked Kragthorpe so much that I hooked him up? That’s what friends do, not my fault he didn’t know what to do with it…..

  22. beepthacreep
    8:39 pm September 27, 2012 Permalink

    hhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhheeeeellllllllll yes!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1

  23. Chris
    8:39 pm September 27, 2012 Permalink

    What do we have to lose by hiring Petrino, certainly not games. There was a time when we were neck and neck with South Carolina in the SEC East and then they took the next step up by hiring Spurrier. For whatever reason we chose not to take that step. People think Spurrier is a dick because he beats the crap out of us and because he’s not our coach. Do you know how many fans from other basketball schools hate Cal, a ton of them. I ask again what do we really have to lose by hiring the guy?

  24. Tej
    8:40 pm September 27, 2012 Permalink

    First, I have to say that the comment #5 shows that just when you think a person cannot say anything dumber or more inane than a few previous posts there is always someone to take bar lower. Such comments about the President show nothing.but the writer’s lack of both respect and intelligence.

    I realize that Petrino did not commit a felony or even a misdemeanor. But, his reputation is soiled and he would bring that to the school he coaches. Perhaps, after a time has passed people will forgive and forget. But, his transgressions are too fresh right now. There are other good coaches out there if Joker cannot turn it around. Hopefully, Joker wins some games and survives.

  25. Yab
    8:41 pm September 27, 2012 Permalink

    Hell yes to Petrino. Anyone who says they don’t want him is a dirt bag UofL troll.

  26. carnifex
    8:41 pm September 27, 2012 Permalink

    You are comparing apples to beets with your analogy. BCG came in following a well liked coach who had initial success that he never duplicated but came close several times,but towards the end, was at best, mailing it in. Tubby is a decent coach, He’s not a 30 win a year coach. That is what UK expects. BCG took over a program that was ready for new blood because it was tired.

    Joker(see, I’m being polite), took over for a coach that had raised UK up to heights rarely seen before. We actually beat the #1 team in the country. Joker was hand picked by CRB to carry his legacy into the future. Joker had been implemental in getting UK to their new found glory(the smaller SEC schedule helping considerably). Joker was to keep us at the level we had achieved under CRB, and then surpass it. We see how that worked out.

    BCG was let go not because of his drinking, or carousing with co-eds. Joker will be let go for the same reason. They didn’t win. Period. Dot. End of story.

    And now we have to find a coach who will bring fire back to the program, fans into the seats, and is willing to work for a boss that will give him no support what-so-ever. This coach WILL have warts, ’cause no one else is gonna’ walk through that door.

  27. nybrasky
    8:42 pm September 27, 2012 Permalink

    Why even talk about Petrino? He wouldn’t stick around for more than 1-2 years anyway. Stupid if you ask me, and he’s a weasel.

  28. Chris
    8:42 pm September 27, 2012 Permalink

    I never realized Billy G wasn’t even 6ft tall

  29. jeremy
    8:42 pm September 27, 2012 Permalink

    I just don’t see usgetting a good coach anyways.

  30. BlueTexan
    8:43 pm September 27, 2012 Permalink

    Face it BBN…it’s an even bet that Barnfart will screw-up this hire anyway! Petrino has soooooo much baggage (UL/Auburn deceit & lies/Atlanta leaving in-the-middle-of-season/horrible Harley rider w/a honey the age of his daughter)…BUT, Barnfart will probably look favorably – to save his job – and Petrino will self-destruct/leave us high and dry. Bigger question is if a new administration has the cajones to fire Barnfart…hire a professional and allow them to solve the problem(s)…Mitch’s claim to fame is the rifle team.

  31. Jarvis Redwine
    8:45 pm September 27, 2012 Permalink

    25) You speak truth.

    We’ve got nothing to lose and everything to gain by hiring Petrino.

    Anyone against this hire is a UL fearful troll.

  32. Ruby belly
    8:46 pm September 27, 2012 Permalink

    NO WAY. Cal brings guys of character Petrino has none and will be a black eye to program. Would undermine all good Cal has brought. Butch Davis or anyone else without a mug shot.

  33. bosshogg24
    8:51 pm September 27, 2012 Permalink

    All it takes for Barnhart to hire Petrino is to find a little backbone and spine. Barnhart did it once when he hired Calipari, how did that turn out? If he could just find the courage one more time!

  34. cats
    8:54 pm September 27, 2012 Permalink

    I’m definitely on the hire Petrino bandwagon, but before we get too excited, do we have any idea if he would even consider it?

  35. BlueTexan
    9:04 pm September 27, 2012 Permalink

    BTW- I AM an alum who’s lived thru Bradshaw, Ray, Curci, et al and NOT a Loserville troll. Barnfart needs to go! Ole Eli needs to fire him and hire a professional (there’s MANY out there) and judge him by his hires and administration of the department. NOT rely on a brown-nosed Barnfart continuing to fool an administration/fans.

    Houston Nutt- Resigned from AR after 2104 texts w/in 4 mos. to a Little Rock female anchor who was not his wife. Fired from Ole Miss.
    Tressel- Resigned from a program “out-of-control”.
    Butch Davis- Fired froma program “out-of-control” (with legal issues)
    Tuberville- Has proven he can’t coach in the SEC or Big 12.
    Mahlzan- No record as HC-afraid to go on his own (Turned down Vandy) and is a celebrated high school coach – that is all!
    Petrino- His record of deceit has become legendary.
    Leach- Should have hired him 12 months ago…good non-call Barnfart!

    I’m tired…tired of worrying about the total incompetence in the Athletic Department…tired of a losing football program…

  36. BlueTexan
    9:06 pm September 27, 2012 Permalink

    #33- BS! Barnfart turned-down Cal when he hired BCG and when that didn’t work…Cal was smart enough to recruit us!!!!

  37. rainman
    9:09 pm September 27, 2012 Permalink

    Biggest difference in Petrino, and the others is, he’s a known
    commodity! The others, not so much! One sure way to keep me from
    EVER rooting for the CATS again, would be to hire that Lying Loser!!
    We’re supposed to be BIG Brother, could you imagine how that hiring
    would really play out?

  38. kfund
    9:09 pm September 27, 2012 Permalink

    If Petrino is hired I’m dropping my tickets.

    Poor character and former UofL coach.

    By those standards everyone who wants Petrino would rehire Pitino after Cal.

  39. Chace
    9:10 pm September 27, 2012 Permalink

    Bring Petrino to Lexington!!!!!!!! I agree he needs to have a stiff contract he can’t get out of but do what you have to do to get him here ASAP!!!!!!

  40. BlueCat
    9:10 pm September 27, 2012 Permalink

    Bobby Petrino all day long baby. We hire him and we finally will be on the way to big time football. The one and only guy who has turned a below .500 team in the SEC into a potential champion. The only other consideration should be Mike Leach. He is another coach who has turned a weak team in a strong conference around. Note they are both passing gurus. Note in the last quarter century the only time UK has been good was when they passed very well. Just saying!

  41. Coaches Agent
    9:21 pm September 27, 2012 Permalink

    You Heard It Here First…….Bobby Bowden has denied rumors of his interest in UK job.

    Too dadgumed old was his reason.

  42. MrG
    9:21 pm September 27, 2012 Permalink

    Rainman, you’re an idiot. You want a proven program builder? A proven winner? It’s Petrino. Why do you care who he has lied to? And have you never lied? Obama is lying on tv as we speak. Who gives a crap?

  43. Mario Cristobal
    9:23 pm September 27, 2012 Permalink

    Mario Cristobal from FIU he has Fla ties and is an up and coming coach. No Petrino!!!

  44. BigBlueStain
    9:23 pm September 27, 2012 Permalink

    Hire Petrino yesterday !!
    And #5……right on brother!!!!

  45. MrG
    9:25 pm September 27, 2012 Permalink

    Sorry Rainman, I meant 38. And I might add – go ahead and drop you season tickets! I’ll buy Em in a heartbeat if we have Petrino!

  46. Coaches Agent
    9:25 pm September 27, 2012 Permalink

    Forest Gump is interested in the job. After all he was an All American at Alabama.
    And, since he is already a gazillionaire, he will coach and cut the grass for free…….

  47. UK Snuggie
    9:31 pm September 27, 2012 Permalink

    No no no no no no! I don’t care if we are talking about the football team, the soccer team or the chess team, we do not take U of L’s sloppy seconds. They may have to take parts of our past to be relevant but UK should never do that.

  48. beepthacreep
    9:31 pm September 27, 2012 Permalink

    ive never been to a uk football game but i am a fan,I LOVE THE BENGALS and a huge uk basketball fan, been to hundreds of bball games, but if uk hires petrino I WILL BUY SEANON TICKETS TOMORROW, HELL YEA BABY, IM EXCITED JUST THINKING ABOUT IT

  49. nassau65
    9:32 pm September 27, 2012 Permalink

    38. for every ticket you drop, there would be five people waiting to pick them up if they hired him. I think the pros far outweigh the cons with Petrino.

  50. Bigbluebacker
    9:37 pm September 27, 2012 Permalink

    No way!! I would never watch another game if we were to hire him. I would start rooting for Superior & SC.

  51. soggyUKgrad
    9:41 pm September 27, 2012 Permalink


  52. Denial
    9:45 pm September 27, 2012 Permalink

    Face reality you fools, your recruiting classes will still be last even with Petrino. Go look at scout or He never tore it up at Arkansas and they’ve got infinitely more tradition than UK. UK had to win with skilled coaches to build players up. Uk will rarely ever beat anyone other than vandy and even that’s no sure thing.

  53. Couch2Yeast
    9:46 pm September 27, 2012 Permalink

    I’m buying tickets if we hire him. Wouldn’t mind Kirby Smart either.

  54. mashburnfan1
    9:56 pm September 27, 2012 Permalink

    I want the joke gone but not for Petrino. I would for sure not go to any games he is coach of but would probably watch on tv to root for the players, I guess that is kind of what I do now with the joke as coach. At least the joke is a good guy, just not a good coach, Petrino is not good at either.

  55. Chuck
    10:05 pm September 27, 2012 Permalink

    If it’s offense you want why not look at Mark Helfrick the offense coordinator at Oregon. I understand he still runs that high powered offense.
    If it’s defense why not consider Kirby Smart at Ala. He doesn’t make over $700,000 as a def. coordinator for no reason.
    If you want one that can handle “little brother” why not Butch Jones at Cincy. Surely he’d like to get out of the dying Big Least.

  56. not a sissy
    10:22 pm September 27, 2012 Permalink

    As long as he does not try to screw my wife I do not care what he does. We need a winner and I think he has much to do to get his rep back. If he stayes here and someone else wants him that will mean that he has got us going in the right direction. We need a strong hire to get this program to the top and he is the man. All coaches screw around so get used to it, it is their way of life. Most of the guys on the road have a ho in every town they visit, just their way of life. BP was no different. We need a winner bad and he is it!

  57. Gimel's Amigo
    10:26 pm September 27, 2012 Permalink

    First question, who is Jonathan Schuette? Is this another one of Drew’s aliases?

  58. Chris
    10:28 pm September 27, 2012 Permalink

    I would not recommend this hire. I worked at the University of Louisville when he was there and what an …hole he and his brother were. Plus, he is not of good character in all places he has been. You can’t change this guy! Ego is way out of control! I would still support my CATS, but it would be difficult knowing he is not a good person.

    10:31 pm September 27, 2012 Permalink

    I ordered my copy of the DVD!!! ORDER YOURS TODAY AND RELIVE THE 1996 Championship SEASON

  60. Shinny
    10:40 pm September 27, 2012 Permalink

    Stop enough already “REACH 4 LEACH”

  61. Peter Parker Swag
    10:51 pm September 27, 2012 Permalink

    Hire Petrino with a short leash

  62. Carl
    10:51 pm September 27, 2012 Permalink

    Petrino doesn’t deserve to carry Calipari’s jock strap. He’s proven over and over he is a first class scumbag. Those wanting to hire him are UL trolls that will laugh at us later. When he embarrasses the university.

  63. ukjerky
    10:59 pm September 27, 2012 Permalink

    Hiring Petrino is such a no brainer, it makes me wonder how any cat fan interested in winning could possibly be against it.
    That said, I would also love Mike Leach.

  64. Blueville
    11:10 pm September 27, 2012 Permalink

    #56-Amen!! Who gives a s#%! what Petrino does as long as he wins!! Tired of being the SEC punching bag.

  65. John
    11:11 pm September 27, 2012 Permalink

    Petrino would be the best thing to happen to UK football since the Bear Bryant was here.

  66. KDPearson
    11:48 pm September 27, 2012 Permalink

    Petrino as coach, then I’ll stop watching. It’s UK football, it is pretty easy to take the high ground even if they are improved. Petrino is classless. And this move would feel wrong, especially given my feelings towards Pitino for taking the UL job. Swearing off UK football is as hard as swearing off liver. Hell I barely watch them and I like Joker. I wish them success, but life is too short to watch that much bad football.

  67. Uh No
    11:54 pm September 27, 2012 Permalink

    Uh… No

  68. Uh Hell No
    11:55 pm September 27, 2012 Permalink

    Uh… Hell No

  69. true story
    12:01 am September 28, 2012 Permalink

    You leach guys are aware that he’s a hot seat coach right? record of 2-2?

  70. Trey
    12:34 am September 28, 2012 Permalink

    What about Jon Gruden? He has already said he would return to coaching he the right opportunity presented itself. IMO this would the home run of all home runs.

  71. Ryan Will
    2:09 am September 28, 2012 Permalink

    Man Jonathan Schuette sucks at writing..

  72. bbn supporter
    5:51 am September 28, 2012 Permalink

    since when did character and morals win football games?! enough of the horse sh*t! we need petrinos recruiting/coaching ability. hes the best available. although i wish we could bring in gruden….longshot! and who cares if he coached at UL! no one else wants petrino! if he leaves us, its because we are WINNING!

  73. pistolpete
    8:28 am September 28, 2012 Permalink

    If Petrino gets hired, I’m totally done w/ UK football. And for No. 5 “Stevie”, here’s hoping you grow up and overcome your ignorance and claustrophobic (you’ll probably have to look it up) mind.

  74. BleedRed
    8:54 am September 28, 2012 Permalink

    I’m a UL fan and come here simply for the comedy. You idiots who say no to Petrino should be banned from watching UK football in 3 years because you will be the same people screaming he is a the best coach in football. I think you’d be stupid not to hire him, and I would hate it because I know it would probably mean some loses in the rivalry game. I could care less how you do against other teams, but he is the answer to putting W’s up. He wants to be in the SEC and if he became a powerhouse at UK, which all of you act like that has been your history and anyone would want to be there, then you would not have to worry about him leaving. UL couldn’t compete with SEC positions and the same will eventually happen with Strong. But keep up with your “I’ll never watch UK football again” lies, it is funny to read.

  75. NoPetrino
    9:02 am September 28, 2012 Permalink

    Petrino isn’t happening… Mark it down. He’s too big of a name, he’ll get a better offer from a better school. And it’s because he wins.

    Bud Foster is a name that will start popping up, if it hasn’t already… VT Def. Coord. with KY ties. Remember that!

  76. BrierBear
    9:20 am September 28, 2012 Permalink

    Butch Davis. No findings implicating him, he has a clean bill of health from the NCAA. Carolina was a mess academically even before he got there. The AFAM department is legendary, not his creation, but he did take advantage of it. He’s not intimidated by being a fooball coach at a bball school. He’s a program builder in the mold of Saban. As long as John Blake is not included in the deal, it should be good.

  77. Ray Carrico
    9:21 am September 28, 2012 Permalink

    I live in Louisville and have been a life long Uk Fan . Bobby is not what we want at UK . He is a me first person with no moral ethics and will lie and sneak out the back door at first opportunity . We need Coach with character who can coach , recruit , and motivate not only the team but UK Fans . Who he is , or how you get him top Lexington i don’t know unless you send Mike Pratt .

  78. RealCatsFan
    9:27 am September 28, 2012 Permalink

    Meh – it’s very unlikely that he would come to UK anyway, with some of the other potential SEC HC positions possibly opening up. IF they did hire him, they could double their bang for the buck by making him an assistant coach for the women’s volleyball program! 😀

  79. Bruce Pearl
    9:40 am September 28, 2012 Permalink

    Bobby P. all the way! We can share chicks when BBN comes to its senses, fires Cal, and hires my sweet ass.

    10:00 am September 28, 2012 Permalink

    Bobby P is the absolute perfect hire at the absolute perfect time….it’s now or never!

  81. Djdhdx
    11:44 am September 28, 2012 Permalink

    Hire him now! Ryan Timmons(4star) will commit very soon after. That would be a great start! In 2 years we would be top 25 no doubt. This teams to talented to be losing like we are!

  82. Hire Craig Bohl
    12:10 pm September 28, 2012 Permalink

    Craig Bohl, North Dakota State’s championship winning coach, would surely come to UK to whip our guys into shape. I vote him.

  83. Kentucky wins. You lose.
    12:45 pm September 28, 2012 Permalink

    Yeah, hiring Petrino seems like a low move, but look at it like this: Say Pitino had stayed at Kentucky (where he no doubt would have continued to be ridiculously successful). Then all that stuff in a certain restaurant happens (and Cal was not in the equation). Would you want Pitino gone? If you were another school desperate for success in basketball, would you higher him to save what’s left of your program and its revenue generating abilities?

    I would, honestly. People act so pious, high, and mighty, but people make mistakes. Is Petrino a womanizing turd who steps out of his marriage whenever he wants? Or is he a normal guy who fell into the trap of money, power, and attention(from women), lost sight of what’s real, and made a huge mistake? I have no idea, because I know nothing about the man. But it’s food for thought.

  84. CatFaninFla
    4:00 pm September 28, 2012 Permalink

    Petrino is a disgusting person. He has proven it multiple times. I am absolutely ashamed at my fellow UK fans for having a “winning is everything, morals be damned” attitude. I am as tired of being a football bottom dweller as anyone, but there is no way I will stand behind Petrino.

    I am not naive, I know morals do not win games. i am saying, it is too high a price to pay to win. The University of Kentucky should be better than that.

    Don’t even compare Cal to Petrino. Petrino betrayed his own family, his children! This is not a man. He is a selfish child.

    For you winning-is-everything people, do morals ever matter? At what point do you start to care about morals? Does he have to bring underage boys into a lockeroom before you call a spade a spade?

  85. CatFaninFla
    4:10 pm September 28, 2012 Permalink

    “Or is he a normal guy who fell into the trap of money, power, and attention(from women), lost sight of what’s real, and made a huge mistake?”

    A real man doesn’t fall in to the trap money and power. He doesn’t choose to have an adulterous relationship with young, engaged women. And he certainly does not choose to hire her (he knew that was wrong and did it anyway). And a real man takes responsibility for his actions, not lie about them to cover his own ass.

    Petrino is not a real man. He is not a respectable leader. And I would be ashamed for his face to be the face of my beloved U of K football Wildcats.

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