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How Petrino's exit unfolded, (Is Arkansas aware of the low life they hired?)
The Atlanta Journal Constitution ^ | 12/12/07 | Tony Barnhart

Posted on 12/13/2007 4:10:25 AM PST by Bulldawg Fan

Kickoff was still six hours away, and Arthur Blank was already having the kind of day that sends lesser men hurrying into retirement.for his role in a dogfighting operation. And now, Bobby Petrino, a college coach Blank had lured away from Louisville with a five-year, $24 million contract, was wondering whether he was cut out for the rough-and-tumble pro ranks.

What a day for "Monday Night Football" cameras to be in town to show his stumbling team's game against New Orleans.

Blank needed some good news. The Falcons' owner called Petrino into his expansive family foundation office in Buckhead, not to talk about that night's game but Petrino's future. Was he in for the long haul, Blank asked, or was he out?

"I pressed him," Blank said, "because I needed to know."

At the end of the hour-long meeting, Petrino stood up to leave. He had a game to go coach. "He shook my hand and said, 'You have a head coach'," Blank said.

Twenty-four hours later, Blank didn't.

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TOPICS: News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: sport; sportsbelonginchat
"He shook my hand and said, 'You have a head coach'," Blank said. Twenty-four hours later, Blank didn't."

Even in an age where we have become used to lying and deceit, this case raises eyebrows. Here is a man who was thought fit to be the head coach of an NFL team and in the end he could not be trusted to honor his word and handshake for even 24 hours. And this is not a blip in his character, but has happened before at Louisville.

And the man has been welcomed as a conquering hero in Arkansas? Where is their commitment integrity and common sense?

This "man" will be trouble at UA and then slither away again in the middle of the night. Its a character flaw he cant or wont change.

And btw, he was a disaster as coach of the Falcons, so keeping him here was not a matter of being a great leader of football. It was a matter of him giving his word which lasted less than 24 hours.

1 posted on 12/13/2007 4:10:27 AM PST by Bulldawg Fan
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To: Bulldawg Fan

I’ve never heard players rip a coach the way the Falcons players are ripping him now.

And never has it been more richly deserved.

Incompetent, traitorous, gutless.


2 posted on 12/13/2007 4:15:10 AM PST by Buckhead
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To: Bulldawg Fan

Blank just can’t wait for this year to end.


3 posted on 12/13/2007 4:15:11 AM PST by mainepatsfan
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To: Bulldawg Fan

I hope he keeps going with that single-wing offense at Arkansas.


4 posted on 12/13/2007 4:18:08 AM PST by Chi-townChief
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To: Bulldawg Fan

1. He’s done this type of stunt before. Why did Blank hire him?

2. It’s always easier to blame the coach than the players.

3. The Falcons organization, since day one, has had zero in the front office. Bad recruiting = no talent in key positions.

4. After the thuggish stupidity of the no-talent players Monday night, I hope they never win another game. “MV7” indeed! “Free Michael Vick” my a**!

Consider me a former Falcons fan. I’m done.


5 posted on 12/13/2007 4:39:10 AM PST by GadareneDemoniac
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To: Bulldawg Fan

What a sniveling, low-life, lying, cowardly excuse for a man! Atlanta is better off without, and Arkansas just got itself a world of troubles.


6 posted on 12/13/2007 4:39:54 AM PST by Virginia Ridgerunner (“We must not forget that there is a war on and our troops are in the thick of it!” --Duncan Hunter)
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To: Bulldawg Fan

He did a Billy Gillespie.


7 posted on 12/13/2007 4:42:02 AM PST by wolfcreek (The Status Quo Sucks!)
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To: Bulldawg Fan

Arkansas welcomes liars, hell, they even had one for governor and a President elect.


8 posted on 12/13/2007 4:45:02 AM PST by moonman
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To: Bulldawg Fan
"He shook my hand and said, 'You have a head coach'," Blank said.

The Clintonization of the English language continues.

9 posted on 12/13/2007 4:51:53 AM PST by Crawdad (I cried because I had no shoes, until I met a man who had no class.)
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To: Buckhead

You know its bad when both Algae Crumpler and Warrick Dunn speak bad of you. These 2 guys are exemplary players both on and off the field.

I say good riddance to Petrino, he screwed up on many fronts:

1. Benching Harrington after winning two straight games.
2. Drastically changing the offense without the proper
personnel.
3. Speaking ill of players to the press (blaming Harrington
for some losses - even though the line failed to block
well).
4. Horrible relationship between himself and his players.


10 posted on 12/13/2007 4:52:23 AM PST by stratboy
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To: Bulldawg Fan

Obviously, one duty of the Arkansas athletic director is to maintain a plan B ready for execution.


11 posted on 12/13/2007 4:52:25 AM PST by DeaconBenjamin
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To: Bulldawg Fan

He will screw Arkansas. Just wait until a top tier SEC coaching vacancy opens up. The guy is a quitter.


12 posted on 12/13/2007 4:54:36 AM PST by stratboy
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To: Bulldawg Fan

This jerk could take some lessons from another famous NFL coach who was once at Arkansas, Joe Gibbs!


13 posted on 12/13/2007 5:02:48 AM PST by Coldwater Creek
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To: Bulldawg Fan

Apparently his hosing of Louisville didn’t bother Arthur Blank or the fans in Atlanta.


14 posted on 12/13/2007 5:06:06 AM PST by FishTale
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To: Bulldawg Fan

Arkansas hired Bill Clinton. So what?


15 posted on 12/13/2007 5:09:01 AM PST by InvisibleChurch (Her campaign crashing? Her smear of influence won’t allow it.)
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To: FishTale

Arkansas should have seen a pattern that was not evident when he left Louisville. Now with two incidents, it should be clear.


16 posted on 12/13/2007 5:09:33 AM PST by Bulldawg Fan (Victory is the last thing Murtha and his fellow Defeatists want.)
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To: Coldwater Creek

Um, I do like Joe Gibbs but, he was an assistant to Frank Broyles for one year at Arkansas as he was trying to make his way up the coaching ladder. Not quite sure I’d use that as an example. Just sayin’....


17 posted on 12/13/2007 5:13:01 AM PST by FishTale
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To: Bulldawg Fan

I would say that a team/school that is willing to hire a coach who is willing to go to that team/school without even saying goodbye and good luck to his current players and team deserve each other. We can only hope that their mutual success sinks to the same depths of dishonor.


18 posted on 12/13/2007 5:16:09 AM PST by Lee'sGhost (Crom! Non-Sequitur = Pee Wee Herman.)
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To: Buckhead

Well, Dennis Franchione is always available now that an NFL coaching vacancy has opened up...*

*Just kidding!


19 posted on 12/13/2007 5:18:32 AM PST by BrewingFrog (I brew, therefore I am!)
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To: FishTale
The point being Joe was on his way UP, not a quitter, even though I do wish that he would give up on the Redskins. He is getting too old, and has too many irons in the fire. Made a terrible call a couple of weeks ago, that he would never have made in the past.
20 posted on 12/13/2007 5:20:57 AM PST by Coldwater Creek
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To: Bulldawg Fan

Yes, Arkansas should be wary. But this article was in the AJC. Atlanta is pi$$ing and moaning about getting left at the altar by a scoundrel. What goes around...


21 posted on 12/13/2007 5:25:28 AM PST by FishTale
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To: Coldwater Creek

One would argue that leaving the Falcons would be considered a move upward no matter where you’re heading.


22 posted on 12/13/2007 5:30:49 AM PST by FishTale
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To: FishTale
Most in Atlanta could care less if Petrino remained coach or left for another job. It was the way he did it. He lied to Blank who less than 24 hours earlier announced Petrino was staying. He left in the middle of the night to announce his move at an 11:00pm press conference and he wrote his team a “dear john” letter instead of facing them man to man.

Real slimy guy.

23 posted on 12/13/2007 5:33:21 AM PST by Republican Red (The word "courage" is not in the liberal vocabulary)
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To: FishTale

Can’t dispute that. Have a great day!


24 posted on 12/13/2007 5:59:02 AM PST by Coldwater Creek
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To: FishTale

“One would argue that leaving the Falcons would be considered a move upward no matter where you’re heading.”

While a move may be upward, your word should still be your word. The Falcons team record does not justify telling lies.

There are at least 30 better teams in the NFL (not Miami), but when the owner meets with you and you don’t have the nerve to tell the truth, you suck worse than the Falcons.

I cannot wait to see the way this affects the Georgia/Arkansas games in the future. A great number of Georgia fans are from Georgia, and tend to be Falcons fans.


25 posted on 12/13/2007 5:59:41 AM PST by AlGone2001 (He's not a baby anymore...)
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To: Bulldawg Fan

The pattern should have been clear even when he was at Louisville. He interviewed for other jobs every off season while he was there. Good riddance.


26 posted on 12/13/2007 6:05:16 AM PST by LanPB01
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To: FishTale

Folks from Kentucky and Arkansas have also been slamming the guy.


27 posted on 12/13/2007 6:11:50 AM PST by brothers4thID (Fred Thompson for President!)
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To: FishTale

Integrity matters and this guy has none. Leaving Atlanta at the alter is not what happened. He coached for 13 games, its not like he committed to coach here and then left.

His character flaw will reveal itself in Arkansas in due time.


28 posted on 12/13/2007 11:42:58 AM PST by Bulldawg Fan (Victory is the last thing Murtha and his fellow Defeatists want.)
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To: Bulldawg Fan
I'm sure his character flaws will reveal themselves in Arkansas soon enough.

Sorry about the "altar" comment. I misspoke. He dropped them on their ass as he was carrying them across the threshold into the honeymoon suite. How about that?

29 posted on 12/13/2007 12:12:21 PM PST by FishTale
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