Happy Anniversary to Bobby Petrino’s Neck Brace Press Conference

Today marks the seventh anniversary of the infamous press conference that featured then Arkansas head football coach Bobby Petrino sporting a sweet neck brace and some pretty sick road burns.

Fayetteville Flyer

The injuries resulted from a mysterious motorcycle crash that happened two days prior. The crash was not the mysterious part though, judging from his appearance, it definitely happened. It was the statement released by the University of Arkansas the next day saying, “Coach Petrino was involved in a motorcycle accident on Sunday evening that involved no other individuals. He is in stable condition and is expected to make a full recovery.”

“…involved no other individuals.” Hmmm, if I know Petrino like I think I know Petrino, it definitely sounds like more people were involved. And in fact, there was. The Student-Athlete Development Coordinator and former Arkansas volleyball player, Jessica Dorrell, was also on the motorcycle with him at the time of the crash. Petrino had hired her 3 days before the incident.

When that news was released several days later, it had mixed reactions from Arkansas and other fans. Petrino was immediately placed on administrative leave and later fired, some Arkansas fans formed a rally in support of keeping Petrino around, Kentucky fans were smug as ever and Louisville fans felt a little better about being betrayed by Bobby in the first place.

I can only imagine how Cardinals fans felt when they re-hired him 2014.

Right now, Petrino is still on the job hunt, but hopefully this walking contract violation gets hired soon. Always fun to have another scandal to look forward to. Never change, Bobby. Here is the full 10 minute press conference, see if you can count the lies.

Jeff Brohm Ended Three Careers This Season

Jeff Brohm is the best coach that no one talks about. Sure, he is no Nick Saban, no one is, but this dude can coach with the best of them. Since he has taken over as a Head Coach, Brohm has never had a losing season. He has immediate impacts on schools and take them from the laughing stock of their conference to contenders that deserve respect. 

At Western Kentucky, his first Head Coaching gig, Brohm took a team from consistent sub-par performances to records of 8-5, 12-2 and 10-3 with 3 bowl victories and 2 Conference USA titles. After that, he moved on to bigger and better things at Purdue and guess what happened to WKU. They stink now. Since Brohm left, they have had records of 6-7 and 3-9. 

Jeff Brohm inherited some hot garbage in West Lafayette. In the four years leading up to his hire, the Boilermakers hadn’t won more than 3 games in any given season. Brohm led them to a bowl win in his first year. Now in his second year, Purdue is going back to a bowl game after going 6-6. I know a .500 season isn’t that impressive, but 1 of those 6 wins was a 29 point blowout to O-H, OH-NO… Ohio State (more on this later). That isn’t all from this season though. There is something that no one is talking about. That something is the fact that 3 Head Coaches no longer have jobs indirectly thanks to Jeff Brohm’s success. 

Bobby Petrino- Louisville
What a train wreck this situation was. Louisville has wanted Jeff Brohm for quite some time. They made this perfectly clear when they went all in on him after they fired Bobby Petrino. In all of his seasons with Louisville, Petrino only had one year where he won less than 8 games. That year was this year. You don’t fire a coach after one bad season unless you have a better replacement in mind. So, Louisville made room for Brohm only to have him turn it down. The decision was not handled well by Louisvillians.

Mike Sanford- Western Kentucky
Like I said before, Jeff Brohm’s tenure at WKU was the best the school has ever seen. He set a new standard for Hilltopper Football where they are expected to be contenders year in and year out. In his 2 year absence, WKU has only won 9 games including a 3-9 season this year. Mike Sanford is not living up to the WKU that once was and has been fired.

Urban Meyer- Ohio State
After failing to make the College Football Playoff, Urban Meyer announced his retirement as Head Coach of Ohio State. Urban pulled out all the stops to get the Buckeyes in the final 4. He argued their merit, resume, and even how they fought through so much adversity (THAT HE CAUSED). What what, oh what, was it that kept OSU out? Oh yeah, it was a 29 point loss to a 6-6 team. Jeff Brohm’s 6-6 team. It’s unclear whether or not Meyer would have continued to coach had he made the CFP, but I think he would have. “So after he want 82-9, went 7-0 versus Michigan and won a national title, Urban Meyer quit coaching because he got beat by Jeff Brohm despite his health concerns?” Yes. He has had health problems for a while and I think that, mixed with his the season-long controversy and most importantly missing the Playoff, was what sent him over the edge.

Bobby Petrino Et. Al. Fired

Sunday morning in the wake of a 31 point loss to Syracuse, Bobby Petrino was fired as Head Coach of Louisville Football. He wasn’t only one given the stinky boot that day either. They fired everyone close to him as well. Son and Quarterback Coach Nick Petrino, son-in-law and Linebacker Coach Ryan Beard, son-in-law and Defensive Line Coach L.D. Scott,  and Operations Director Andy Wagner were all canned at the same time. Louisville will uphold his contract and will be paying him his $14 million buyout over the next 3 years. 

Athletic Director Vince Tyra has appointed Secondary Coach Lorenzo Ward to fill the vacancy as Interim Head Coach. This has to be a sigh of relief for Louisville fans. I was genuinely worried they would promote Defensive Coordinator and human disaster Brian VanGorder. Still not sure how he survived the purge. In terms of a permanent replacement I have heard a couple of names so far. Biggest names include Mike Leach (better not), Syracuse HC Dino Babers, and Clemson DC Brent Venables. Of course there is nothing official yet and these are just ramblings. But, there is one name that has been a little more than a ramble. It’s closer to a bullhorn directly into my face. That name is Purdue HC Jeff Brohm.

Jeff Brohm is from Louisville, has played at Louisville, and has coached at Louisville. He seems to be the general consensus among Louisville fans. His track record speaks for itself with success at WKU and Purdue over the last couple of years. Using his Louisville and Trinity High School background, Brohm has been able to steal huge recruits away from Louisville, including electric Freshman Rondale Moore. This would no doubt be a huge get for the Cardinals and would reunite an otherwise uninterested fanbase. The question remains though: Would Jeff Brohm be willing to give up everything he has built at Purdue to come to Louisville? Keep an eye out for an upcoming article from @Soft7Buck

So, Louisville fired Bobby Petrino and everyone close to him and will pay him his $14 million buyout. Then they will most likely hire Jeff Brohm to replace him. Pretty cut and dry right? Yes, but the more you look into it, the more you start to notice inconsistencies in the narrative. 

Something fishy is going on at Louisville. Strap in; it’s speculation time. The cause for termination everyone has accepted is that Petrino was fired because of poor performance, going 2-8 so far this season. But why would you fire a coach who has made 4 straight bowl games and had 4 8-win seasons in a row for one bad year? That doesn’t make a whole lot of sense.

Louisville has supposedly wanted Jeff Brohm for a while, but maybe didn’t think he was ready the last time there was a Head Coaching vacancy in 2014. During Petrino’s second stint as HC of the Cards, Brohm took the HC job at Purdue in 2016. If they fired Petrino in order to get Brohm, that actually makes more sense than the poor performance reason. But this still leaves a lot of questions unanswered. Like why has there been a general lack of effort from most of the team this year? This has actually been addressed by AD Tyra. In a press conference Sunday afternoon he said, “If you want to say culture equals effort, there’s something screwy going on there… the effort wasn’t what it’s been historically. I’ve told the kids that. I’m not bashful about that. They can’t hide from it. It’s on film. Whatever the root cause was behind that, it needed to go away.”

It sounds a lot like he is saying that the players did not want to play for Petrino. But why? There has been 20 players who have transferred this season, including Russ Yeast who did not travel to Syracuse last weekend, but is now expected to be at practice this week since Petrino has been fired.

Again, I am just speculating here, but if Louisville wanted full regime change, they should have completely cleaned house. They decided to DC Brian VanGorder who has been close to Petrino since he was at the Atlanta Falcons. There are just some things that don’t add up to me and the last thing the University of Louisville needs is another scandal. I hope this isn’t the $14 million cover up it is beginning to look like.

*Side note: I hope to God that Louisville does not get Mike Leach. They already took a basketball coach I liked in Chris Mack. Don’t take another one from me.