Posted: 9:32 am Tuesday, July 22nd, 2014

Bobby Petrino takes steps toward redemption at Louisville 

By Andy Johnston

Bobby Petrino has a lot to prove in his second stint at Louisville. (AP photo)

Bobby Petrino has a lot to prove in his second stint at Louisville. (AP photo)

Bobby Petrino is hated by many in Atlanta.

He’s hated by many in Arkansas.

He was — and might still be — hated by many in Louisville, a college and fanbase he left jilted when he bolted to coach the Falcons in 2007.

(Here’s a Mark Bradley blog from 2010 comparing Petrino with Lane Kiffin).

As you know, Petrino is back with Louisville, trying to rebuild his name and reputation.

He was all smiles and selflessness at the ACC Media Days this past weekend, relating stories for caddying for his daughter Katie, who plays golf for Louisville in a column by Yahoo’s Pat Forde.

“I need prove to myself and everyone else, on a daily basis, that this is the right decision (by Louisville),” Petrino said.

Petrino is trying to prove he’s changed, that he’s different from the man who courted other schools at the end of his first stint at Louisville, who left the Falcons in the middle of the night after 13 games in 2007 when Arkansas came calling (one of the best things to ever happen to the Falcons), and who then left that school in disgrace after an ill-advised joyride with a woman who was not his wife in April 2012.

He’s spending time with his family, made significant monetary contributions to a hospital, a scholarship fund and Louisville’s marching band, and taking a more active role in the school’s athletic department.

Forde wrote:

It is one part of Petrino’s efforts to be seen as more than a cold-blooded achievatron whose identity centered on winning football games and drawing up pretty offensive plays.

“One of the things I’m going to work hard on is coaching the person as well as the player,” Petrino said in the column. “It’s something I wonder about, whether I paid that much attention to it (in previous years).”

Petrino can talk all he wants. He has a lot to prove.

 

19 comments
midtowncowboy
midtowncowboy

Louisville reach's another low.  Which was hard to do after not replacing Petino after his sexual escapades.  Low life scum do anything to 'win'.

BSNBC
BSNBC

A pig will return to it's mudhole!

odelljones
odelljones

During ACC media days, 680 the fan had a scheduled interview time. Petrino ducked them all day, never showed and never gave a reason.

Yeah, he's changed, lol

HarveyPooka
HarveyPooka

I'm all for second chances and redemption and letting individuals pursue their goals in live and career ,,,, but frankly, I'm through with this individual. Let's move on to next subject.

ARdawg
ARdawg

BobbyP hasn't done anything most college coaches have done. He does however have more of a penchant for getting caught

STHornet1990
STHornet1990

Where's the nice picture of Ole Bobby with the facial "modifications" and neck brace? I really miss it.

PeachtreeBart
PeachtreeBart

What does he know about "coaching the person"?   Not much.  I'm betting some of his players could coach him in that department.

96JB
96JB

Louisville..................fool me once........................If he wins big, He'll jump at the first big job offer. Bet the ranch on it. He's about Bobby. I'll take 10-2 Richt ALL day long.

GeorgeJetsen
GeorgeJetsen

While I can't stand Petrino, I'll bet he gets further with UGA's criminal castoffs than Richt will with his roster of A players.  These guys are complete opposites both on and off the field.

MaxSizemore
MaxSizemore

His college teams have never played defense.

doggoneit
doggoneit

This man is awesome! He made mistakes for everyone to see. Most of ya'll are messin up in secret!  Don't you lie to me boy!

LeftisnotRight
LeftisnotRight

Who cares except ajc.........? You know he will ....try......just report when he has

Dman
Dman

I would have a difficult time letting my son be lead by this boy of a man. A college coach is a teacher and I for one wouldn't want him teaching my son that it's ok to have an affair and not being a man of your word is ok if something better comes up like a job at a college when you are an NFL coach. I can forgive but that doesn't mean you keep getting more chances to correct your life. This inmature man should be kept away from our nations youth. Just my opinion.

RangeRover
RangeRover

I can't stand the guy and all doubts of him are warranted.  Still, every person can change if they have the desire and willingness...I hope he does!

6points
6points

You have to be it before you can coach it.  Time will tell if he has become it first.


RangeRover
RangeRover

@Dman

Good point!  He can redeem himself outside of football.