Paul Finebaum had interesting things to say about Louisville coach Bobby Petrino on Saturday morning.
Speaking on ESPN’s SportsCenter, the commentator was asked if Petrino, who’s no stranger to the SEC, would stay at Louisville instead of going to LSU, which fired Les Miles on Sunday. Finebaum didn’t hold back.
“I believe he should, and I believe he will,” Finebaum said on the show. “If you go back 10 years, Bobby Petrino is the biggest scoundrel in college football. He stabbed his former coach in the back at Auburn, Tommy Tuberville, took the job, and then it blew up and he backed out. And then a year or two later, guess what he was doing? He was talking privately to LSU about a job after Nick Saban left. Then he went to Atlanta, and he walked out of there. And then the fall from grace at Arkansas. I believe he is a changed man. I sat with him a couple years ago. He talked about forgiveness. He talked about rebuilding his family. He took the Western Kentucky after Auburn would not even give him an interview after they fired Gene Chizik. And I would just be the most surprised and shocked person in the world if he went back on his word to (Louisville athletic director) Tom Jurich, who gave him a second chance, and look what he has done.”
With the Cardinals’ early success, it’s no surprise that Petrino’s name would be mentioned as a consideration for the LSU job. It remains to be seen what the coach will do if he’s courted, but Petrino might be wise to follow Finebaum’s advice.
It seems like Petrino has a good thing going at Louisville, which faces Clemson in a big ACC matchup on Saturday. And LSU’s road to a national title would be much more difficult in the SEC West.