I’ve heard bits and pieces of Matt’s shows this week, and I think he is quite right about the Bobby Petrino situation and why UK fans should have a ball with his hiring over the summer. Louisville fans have always acted as if there program had higher standards, even after the Pitino embarrassment. But after the Clint Hurtt fiasco and now this, frankly, UL might be in the lowest tier of standards when it comes to a college athletic department. And that should make for a summer long party of good jokes for the radio show, this blog, and fans across the state.
But let’s also face the reality of the situation: UL got a damn good college football coach to take over their program. Petrino is going to continue the winning ways of the Cardinal program, I have no doubt. Can he win the ACC? Only time will tell. But he isn’t going to Kragthorpe the program. Which means all that fun we are going to have at UL and their fans expense over the next 7 months will be all good……up until the point next season begins. Now, thank god we don’t play UL first next season. As Bobby Petrino showed us last season, if you give him a full offseason to prepare for the Cats, the results can be not pretty.
Even still, on paper, it appears UL will have a more talented roster in 2014 than the Cats, plus the game is in Papa John’s next season. We have to be very, very careful not to have our fun from January through October and then take a 28-point beating in November. Because maybe you disagree, I would Louisville have rather hired a boring, clean coach and we beat them on the field, than they hire Petrino and we have the fun until gameday. What we know now is that if UK is going take back this rivalry, Mark Stoops and Co. are going to have earn it and improve the program drastically because UL is not going to take much of a step back.
Here is my point. I will be HIGHLY disappointed and concerned if any UK player or recruit or coach makes any kind of comment making fun of Petrino or the UL program. From this day forward, this football program needs to recognize what Bobby Petrino means for our main rival. It means stability and legitimacy. It means that if our program doesn’t improve, this rivalry will continue to be very one-sided. We are more than justified to have our fun. We are fans, it’s what we do. I just really hope that it doesn’t leak over to the real members of the program.