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Posted by Frazier

Had to comment on Arkansas stealing Bobby Petrino. Of course, this is an absolutely brilliant move. Petrino is one of the best offensive minds in all of football, and has been an incredibly successful college coach. He's also the sort of big-name that Arkansas is convinced it deserves. Anyone of lesser stature would have made the firing of Nutt seem ridiculous. Now, we all took shots at Houston, but he won 3 SEC West titles from a second tier SEC school, which is nothing to sneeze at.

His sin was bringing on a egotistical high school coach in order to recruit an egotistical high school quarterback who had read one too many of his own press clippings. Basically, the people in Arkansas have nothing better to do than be obsessed about their football team to a frightening degree.

Anyways, Petrino is a brilliant hire. He may have a tough go of it if Jones and McFadden leave, but he'll get the ship righted soon. However, we'd be remiss if we didn't point out a great article by Pat Forde about Petrino. Pat is one of our favorites, and he knows Bobby P better than most since he lives and writes in Louisville. Pat can't question Petrino's record, but he'll make you wonder if he's the kind of guy you want coaching your kid. See for yourself.


So this is my official mea culpa on the Arkansas situation (yes, I'm aware that hiding it in a comment is cowardly). I thought it was a mistake for the Hogs to let Nutt go, and while I do still think they didn't give him a fair shake it is incontrovertible that they've got a better coach now. Yes Petrino's exit from Atlanta was disgraceful, but the bottom line is Arkansas instantly becomes a monster player in the SEC. I said Butch Davis was the only one who could do that....I was wrong.

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