If you want Bobby Petrino back, you don’t really love Arkansas
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Heck no. Ain’t nobody got time for that.
Anyone who mentions to you, even jokingly, that Arkansas should go after Bobby Petrino as its next football coach, embarrass that person. Publicly. They deserve the humiliation.
Petrino is the worst thing that happened to Arkansas athletics in the last 15 years. He’s worse than John Pelphrey. Worse than John L. Smith. Worse than anything else you can come up with. Arkansas bringing back Petrino to coach the football team would be the ultimate white flag.
Now, that isn’t to say very many Arkansas fans want that. Most realize Petrino is a person of questionable moral fiber and that the football program doesn’t need that. But don’t kid yourself, either, there are real people who don’t mind overlooking the ethics to win football games.
Dari Nowkhah of SEC Network was on Sports Talk with Bo Mattingly on Tuesday and talked about the insanity.
Arkansas shouldn’t hire retreads, and the university and athletic department certainly don’t need to sell their souls.
Outstanding reporting and storytelling here from colleague Trent Shadid.
He spent a couple days with McTelvin Agim and his family and friends in southwest Arkansas back in late summer/early fall. Agim came from a hard life. He bounced around. Got in trouble. Found football.
At Arkansas, Agim has developed into a nationally known star. But it’s his history and background that fascinate.
The man they call “Sosa” has come a long way and I can’t recommend this piece enough.
Arkansas wants an Arkansas man … or woman
One of the most common questions I hear from fans has to do with what the Arkansas board of trustees is doing. Do they know?
Probably. I assume so. The board is comprised of smart people. It’s also comprised of Arkansas-born and Arkansas-bred folks. Accordingly, a sentiment that pervades is that of insulation.
Make no mistake, former Arkansas athletic director Jeff Long was let go, in part, because he didn’t fit Arkansas’ values. He was a Midwesterner. Long didn’t schmooze the right people. He ignored or eliminated traditions. And he didn’t take input from the outside.
Whether these things are true or not (and for what it’s worth, I don’t think they’re true to the point of being important) is irrelevant. What is important is that people, including people in power, believed them.
So, the person who takes his place needs to have at least some of those qualities Long lacked. Or, rather, the person who takes Long’s place needs to not make those same mistakes.
For example, a person from Arkansas.
- It’s easy to call Bret Bielema a bad hire now, five years later. It’s also incorrect. Our resident podcaster and Hogs fan John Nabors reflects on the hire at the time in his Borderline Erotic podcast from Tuesday.
- Real talk: Arkansas can beat Missouri on Friday. In fact, I think the Hogs will. They have to stop Mizzou’s passing game first.
- Andrew Hutchinson over at 247Sports has his weekly #ProHogs piece. He takes a peek at what all former Razorbacks in the NFL did over the weekend.
- Mizzou spiced up the rivalry by calling Bielema the much-hated name “Bert” in its game notes for this week. Impossible to know if the Missouri staff did that on purpose. Bielema despises the name.
Tweets and the like
• Whew. Not yet!
Gus Malzahn did not leave for Arkansas during his interview on ESPN's College Football Playoff rankings show.
— Brandon Marcello (@bmarcello) November 22, 2017
• Sic ’em, Trey!
I get real tired of people who have no ties to this state & have the strongest opinion on what Arkansas is, what Arkansas’ limitations are & what Arkansas should be happy with.
— Trey Biddy (@TreyBiddy) November 21, 2017
• Bummed about football? Get pumped for this week in basketball. The Hogs are headed to the Pacific Northwest for the PK80 Invitational. They play Oklahoma on Thanksgiving afternoon.
— Razorback Basketball (@RazorbackMBB) November 21, 2017
• Good on Brooks Ellis. The former Arkansas and Fayetteville High linebacker has toiled all season and now he has a home.
We have signed rookie LB Brooks Ellis and third-year WR Jaelen Strong to our practice squad.
— #Sacksonville (@Jaguars) November 20, 2017
• Yep. See? Real people.
Go home with all that. Bring back Bobby P
— Bryan Torres (@Fat_T_) November 22, 2017
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