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Bobby Petrino Made One HUGE Mistake vs. UK

Jim Brown | USA Today Sports

Jim Brown | USA Today Sports

Louisville football fans believe Bobby Petrino is arguably the nation’s greatest football mind.  Other than Nick Saban, they believe no one is better at football X’s and O’s than Petrino.

Their minds might change after hearing this.

Leading into the Louisville game, Lamar Thomas was asked if he had any inside information on the Cardinals after coaching the wide receivers for the last two years.  “I was there for two years, so hopefully I learned some things.”

Some of the things Thomas learned were Petrino’s signals.  Surely Petrino would have changed them before playing Kentucky, right?  Wrong.  Sources tell KSR Petrino used the same signals vs. Kentucky that he used while Thomas was on Louisville’s staff.

Ironically, Kentucky started the year with a loss to a former offensive coordinator.  There were rumors that Stoops’ staff didn’t change signals before taking on Shannon Dawson, although they were never confirmed.

It’s hard to say how much Petrino’s inaction affected Kentucky’s strategy, but it ain’t hard to tell that Bobby was mad after taking an L.


Article written by Nick Roush

"Look upon the doughnut, and not upon the hole." @RoushKSR

5 Comments for Bobby Petrino Made One HUGE Mistake vs. UK

  1. If this is true, shouldn’t we have beaten them by more than 3? Along that same line, shouldn’t we have given up less than 38?

  2. Kentucky Packrat
    10:52 pm December 5, 2016 Permalink

    I can’t imagine that this really makes a huge effect. If you’re watching for signs, you’re not able to do your job. Once you see a sign, you’ve got maybe 10 seconds to counter, and that assumes they aren’t using an audible system that adjusts to the your changes with more changes back.

    I think it’s more the “insider knowledge” than sign reading. If you’re using the same sign system, you’re using the same offensive schemes, and Lamar can tell the UK coaches general strategy. Likewise, Shannon Dawson could tell his defensive co-workers, “UK will probably do X, Y, and Z”.

    It’s like ACT test taking. If you know A or B will be preferred in a section, you can bias towards it. UK probably knew some of UL’s biases, and could cheat that way. Shannon Dawson definitely knew UK’s biases, and beat us like a rented mule.

    Not cheating, just the risks of playing against friends and former co-workers.

  3. helixvortexv2
    6:45 am December 6, 2016 Permalink

    Bobby covers his mouth with a board when he talks and they have big white boards on the sidelines. I would find it hard to believe that there was any advantage in UK favor besides a great effort on the field.

  4. ClutchCargo
    8:31 am December 6, 2016 Permalink

    Just a few weeks ago it appeared that they should have been able to call their plays using the big score board and it wouldn’t have mattered. They got full of their own hype and we were more determined.

  5. kyle heavy
    8:38 am December 6, 2016 Permalink

    I wouldn’t brag about this, if true…. We gave up 38 points.