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BTI’s Rants and Ramblings: PR Fun Against UL Only Goes to Gameday

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.  

Article written by Bryan the Intern

60 Comments for BTI’s Rants and Ramblings: PR Fun Against UL Only Goes to Gameday



  1. chris
    9:06 am January 9, 2014 Permalink

    True nuff.



  2. Kristen Geil's Abs
    9:12 am January 9, 2014 Permalink

    His face is as red as a card jersey.



  3. rick
    9:14 am January 9, 2014 Permalink

    BTI, You sound like a little cry baby. I hope all the players make fun of this and even Coach Stoops, even though he probably want.Listen you can’t be scared of louisville beating us in a football game, hell its just a game. Sports ILL. is even making fun of them. Stop acting scared and have some fun with this.



  4. KevinM
    9:15 am January 9, 2014 Permalink

    Anyone who supports this hiring has absolutely no morals. Its all about winning.
    Congrats to WKU for getting payback for letting this bozo go back to the circus that is Louisville.

    To be a UL fan today is to be totally ashamed by those who run the program. If you heard Atlanta radio this am, you would hear the real truth about this bum who is allowed to teach young men.



    • Settle Down
      2:57 pm January 9, 2014 Permalink

      As a UofL fan, I’m not totally happy with the hire but, as I’m sure you were torn when UK hired Calipari. You probably accepted it and continued to support your team. And I’m sure you’ve enjoyed his success, as you should. As fans, we should be able to enjoy the game and not have to worry about the personal live’s of our teams’ coaches. We have very little control of that.

      None of us should get too high & mighty with criticism of our rivals. And maybe not to throw so many stones when none of us really know much about most things that go on with most people, much less with those in high-profile jobs. We can only control our own actions. And going on public media with over-the-top bashing others doesn’t say much about one’s character.



    • Settle Down
      3:07 pm January 9, 2014 Permalink

      Also, I’ll get off my soap box but I do want to say that I think it’s great to make jokes about this. In fact, I think we should. It’s disappointing when we’re reminded college sports is tainted and laughing helps us deal with it. And being public figures, they’re fair game.

      Just my 2 cents.



  5. asdf
    9:15 am January 9, 2014 Permalink

    There are two things you know for certain with Petrino:

    1. He will win at any school he goes to.
    2. He will be gone, one way or another, in just a few years, and his former school will curse his name.



    • Ear taste good
      9:59 am January 9, 2014 Permalink

      Not real sure I could argue that



    • Rixter
      10:03 am January 9, 2014 Permalink

      3. Louisville will hire him back whenever he’s ready to come back.



  6. $1.75 Tacos?
    9:16 am January 9, 2014 Permalink

    If Stoops stays at UK, and recruits like he has so far, UK will be fine. UK fans want to be competitive in the SEC, so UK has other concerns then just UL.



  7. scadams
    9:20 am January 9, 2014 Permalink

    Since when does Petrino give stability and legitimacy to a program? And were they really lacking that? He’ll get you wins, granted. But he could very likely destabilize a program with his antics. No one is scared of Bobby P. Bring it.



  8. the_ghost_of_ronnie_lyons
    9:24 am January 9, 2014 Permalink

    Winning covers over a multitude of issues, here, UL, and everywhere else….. just sayin’!
    I think Petrino will be there for a while, which could actually be funny in the long run…. what if he is NOT the BP of old? What if he has trouble recruiting? What if he isn’t allowed to bring in thugs and players that don’t do well in school? What if he actually has to play a legitimate schedule, year in and year out and he doesn’t win 10-12 games every year? Guess what? UL is stuck with him, lol…….



    • Rixter
      10:05 am January 9, 2014 Permalink

      The ONLY thing that would be better than Louisville rehiring Petrino is Louisville having to FIRE Petrino for poor performance, or better yet a scandal!



  9. asdf
    9:27 am January 9, 2014 Permalink

    Memes take on a life of their own in the internet age. If the entire sports world is mocking the Cards, it’s very possible that kids won’t want to play for Petrino because they won’t want to become laughingstocks. This could dramatically hurt Louisville’s recruiting.



  10. Bob Sugar
    9:27 am January 9, 2014 Permalink

    Nice try. Kentucky is a basketball school with one heck of a basketball program. This season could be very special, don’t let a meaningless football game 7 months from now distract from this season.



  11. Bobby P
    9:35 am January 9, 2014 Permalink

    Laugh it up. Once the game begins, the laughing will cease. 49-7 right around the corner.



    • Dan
      9:43 am January 9, 2014 Permalink

      …I think that’s exactly what the article is saying. Louisville fans don’t read good.

      And 49-7 is a bit much now that you’ve lost your biggest offensive weapon and we’re probably gaining ours.



    • Rixter
      10:08 am January 9, 2014 Permalink

      No, the laughing won’t stop, even if he wins football games. Some things are just bigger than the games, and this is one of them



  12. theWilkman
    9:38 am January 9, 2014 Permalink

    Atlanta Falcons fans, Arkansas fans, and Cards fans with any long-term memory left (not many) would disagree with you about the “stability” aspect



  13. Naughty by Nature
    9:42 am January 9, 2014 Permalink

    Bobby is down with OPP. He also down with Other Programs’ Paychecks. Leopards cant change they spots. Lane Kiffin even thinks this dude’s a punk.



  14. WildKYat
    9:44 am January 9, 2014 Permalink

    It’s AAC not ACC



    • AnthonyBBN
      9:52 am January 9, 2014 Permalink

      Starting next season UofL moves into the ACC.



  15. Jim
    9:46 am January 9, 2014 Permalink

    We can all take shots at Loserville (me included) for re-hiring Petrino but the facts are he will continue just as Strong did to beat the tar out of UK every year. This isnt gonna change now. We are the doormat of the SEC and the state of Kentucky……Sad but true.



    • jpg
      12:32 pm January 9, 2014 Permalink

      UL went through era’s just like UK has. Heck, Joker beat Charlie in his 1st season, and he was not great.

      UK is bringing in talent that it has only dreamed of. You point has little weight, since UK is entering the future with a better staff/players then it has even had.



  16. RealCatsFan
    9:48 am January 9, 2014 Permalink

    IMO, Jurich just knocked his stature as a leading AD down a notch by taking the easy way out and hiring Petrino versus going out and finding another up-and-coming coach to run his program. He has been renowned for doing this, but with Petrino and Pitino, it is less an issue of deftly finding a diamond in the rough and more the willingness to ignore whatever negative press the university might suffer in the name of winning at all costs.

    UL fans might laugh when Petrino beats UK on the field the next couple of years (and it will most likely happen, at least until Stoops can get things rolling), but UK fans will be laughing harder when an upper tier program like Florida has an opening and Petrino runs off again in pursuit of it. All I can say is UL better have Bobby’s testicles in a jar as part of that buyout provision!



  17. Real UK Fan
    9:49 am January 9, 2014 Permalink

    ul hires a coach with much successful head coaching experience. UK hires a man who has never been a head coach. What does the future hold for each program? Who knows? However, it seems to me a program is going to be better off hiring a known successful coach.



  18. Petrino
    9:51 am January 9, 2014 Permalink

    You should stop with the hate and just accept the beatings you are going to get. Will be much easier if you go ahead and accept it now.



  19. rick
    9:52 am January 9, 2014 Permalink

    That unsuccesful coach your talking about x-team just won the NATL. CHMP.



  20. Rei
    9:53 am January 9, 2014 Permalink

    He has no credibility and will fail in the ACC. Much like UL’s basketball program will. Remember, Kentucky has a winning record against UL in football too.



  21. WTH?
    9:57 am January 9, 2014 Permalink

    What’s with the lack of Matt Elam news? This site has gone about 24 hours without mentioning Matt Elam! That’s unacceptable!



    • Rick
      2:15 pm January 9, 2014 Permalink

      Please pay attention. Elam said he won’t say anything more until signing day.



  22. rick
    9:57 am January 9, 2014 Permalink

    Don’t care if the cards beat us by 100 points i’m making fun of this guy and the cards. Everyone else in the world is. The cards run of beating us is over it runs in cycles, we win 4 in a row and they win 3 then they win 4 and we win 3. Its always going to be like that with teams like us.YOU SCARED BTI.



  23. Petrino
    9:57 am January 9, 2014 Permalink

    You should stop with the hate and just accept the beatings you are going to get. Will be much easier if you go ahead and accept it now. It’s ok to be scared.



    • PhilUK18
      10:10 am January 9, 2014 Permalink

      This wasn’t funny the first time you posted it. It’s still not funny, or accurate, this time. But it’s ok, give it another two or three shots (hey, just like Petrino!) and maybe it’ll work out.



  24. the_ghost_of_ronnie_lyons
    10:02 am January 9, 2014 Permalink

    Louisville fans, if nothing else, have always been delusional hypocrites……. and I love them for that!



  25. bedford big blue
    10:06 am January 9, 2014 Permalink

    its so ironic how the ethics question has turned over the past 10 years or so… it was always UK who cheated and whose programs were riddled with dishonesty and corruption…now u dont hear a peep about NCAA sanctions and athletic misconduct…those yelling loudest were from UL…wonder what PAT FORDE will say about this??????????

  26. BTI, be careful saying you know that UK will take this rivalry back. I had high hopes for this program in 1978 when we went 10-1 (although on probation), in 1984 when we won a bowl game, when we hired Bill Curry from Bama, when we got Tim Couch paired with Mumme. None led to sustained success (and curry wasn’t successful at all).

    I AM excited about this coaching staff, but unfortunately, Fran Curci was right when he called UK the graveyard of coaches. I hope Stoops changes that.



  27. Razorback
    10:08 am January 9, 2014 Permalink

    Do you mean like the beatings Bobby takes by the hand of his mistresses fiance?

  28. Oh, and I forgot to add to my list:

    The good year under Guy Morris when we physically beat UL & Dave Ragone down
    The year we upset #1 LSU



  29. gottodoit
    10:28 am January 9, 2014 Permalink

    Louisville Athletics Director Tom Jurich should consider a job with the Jefferson County Department of Sanitation. He’s collected enough trash – Pitino and Petrino – to do the job.

    I am enjoying the shamelessness of the University of Louisville. For the first time ever, I realize winning isn’t everything.



  30. JDawg
    10:31 am January 9, 2014 Permalink

    Probably not a very good idea to make fun of a team that will destroy us in the following seasons. I do not like the Cards but sometimes the truth hurts. Basketball is all that is important people. Until you all realize this, you will continually be disappointed in the football program.



  31. Matt
    10:32 am January 9, 2014 Permalink

    Nice article, Bryan. I know a lot of my buddies at UK feel the exact same way. They understand that past a certain point, the (mostly justified) thrashing of Petrino can come off as a “we’d take great character over winning any day”. I’m really interested to see how both of these teams look in 2/3 years. Should be much more competitive!!! On the bright side, if things keep going the way they have been, looks like UK will get both CHARACTER and WINS. Not a bad deal. Just need a little patience.



  32. Doc Blue
    10:33 am January 9, 2014 Permalink

    KSR… Your 24 hour source of all things Louisville.



  33. Mean Randy
    10:39 am January 9, 2014 Permalink

    Unfortunately the ass whooping epic beatdowns will continue on the gridiron



  34. Emoney
    11:05 am January 9, 2014 Permalink

    Finally, an insightful and unbias article to the Petrino situation. Good job! Other writers can joke all they want but Petrino is an NFL level football mind. As a CATS fan, I am personally worried about Stoops ability to outcoach him in the annual rivalry game.



  35. JDThom
    11:07 am January 9, 2014 Permalink

    First, look at what this site has been posting on social media. UK football fans are already taking shots, particularly KSR.
    Second, have someone edit your material. This is what we get from KSR for not paying its contributors.
    Third, thanks for giving us Kragthorping as a verb, the only real contibution from this piece. But don’t get me wrong, worth it!



  36. Emoney
    11:09 am January 9, 2014 Permalink

    Good Job Bryan!!! This is what sports journalism is supposed to look like. I dont want to read foolishness all the time.



  37. Chicago Chris
    11:28 am January 9, 2014 Permalink

    We make fun, but the reality is we’re worried.



    • Tom Tom Cats Fan
      11:55 am January 9, 2014 Permalink

      I’m not.



    • Rick
      2:13 pm January 9, 2014 Permalink

      I’m not any more worried about him than any other hire they could have made. So many things are changing…For the first time ever , Louisville will play a schedule w/ a few legit teams on them. And, they don’t play UK until the end of the season, for the foreseeable near future. I think UL looses 16 or 17 Seniors. Petrino is not considered a great recruiter, and Stoops is killing it.
      I’m ready to take my chances. Instead of facing a UL team that had all Summer to prepare for a one game season, we will face a UL team that opens w/ ND and Fla. St.
      Thank you Mitch Barnhart for not hiring Bobby Petrino. I’ve been a fan since 1969. We are better than that. And if we aren’t, then we should be.



  38. Tom Tom Cats Fan
    11:52 am January 9, 2014 Permalink

    He would have crawled to Lexington last year and UK didnt even interview this POS. That’s how worried I am. UL, as always, getting our sloppy seconds.

    UL. Doing it the right way baby! UK will own UL starting next year. I dont care if Vince Lombardi is the coach at duhVille. UL coming back to reality next year. Stoops a recruiting machine. All’s good. Go Cats! Petrino will be gone faster than Strong is kicked out of Texas… which wont be long.

    Wonder what Bobby’s core values are? “DON’T GET CAUGHT. X5”



  39. Mark Liptak
    11:58 am January 9, 2014 Permalink

    Bryan says: “It means stability and legitimacy.” Wasn’t that what L’ville and the Falcons said once before????? Just wondering.

    Other than that Bryan the Intern makes some valid points.



  40. Yitbos
    12:10 pm January 9, 2014 Permalink

    How will he be able to go into a kids home and look them in the face and tell them he’ll be there in 3-4 years? He’s done this crap everywhere he’s been. I would love to hear him explain to a recruits mom how he’ll make a good role model and mentor for their kids.



    • Tom Tom Cats Fan
      12:38 pm January 9, 2014 Permalink

      Well if the mom is hot, he will take her for a spin on his motorcycle while his sidekick, Ricky P., stays back at the recruit’s house and clears off the nearest table top, eagerly awaithing their return. He’ll do fine. UL … doing things the right way !!



  41. nitroglycerin
    12:12 pm January 9, 2014 Permalink

    The stability reference was also what I laughed at. Never thought “stability” and “Bobby Petrino” would be used in the same vein of thought. The hire may mean a lot of things, but it certainly doesn’t mean stability.



  42. TheBeatingsWillContinue
    12:23 pm January 9, 2014 Permalink

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2sZgRDsh1X4

    My how quickly we all forget….



  43. Rick
    2:22 pm January 9, 2014 Permalink

    Word is he’s coming out at halftime on a Harley, tonight at the YUM Center.



  44. 'Ole Short Neck
    6:21 pm January 9, 2014 Permalink

    Press Release From UL Athletic Director…. ‘Ole Short Neck …..to all Louisville media in preparing them for the press conference today.

    To whom it WILL concern if you do not ask the marshmallow questions that I have prepared for you.
    Remember, I run a tight ship where media access is concerned !



  45. catfandan
    1:53 pm January 11, 2014 Permalink

    Forecast for the near term….a steady stream of laughable & disgusting material will continue coming from Floyd Street.