Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Bobby Petrino Fired

Wow, so the University of Arkansas fired Bobby Petrino today. I can't say i'm surprised but it sure is welcome news to me. I have a love-hate relationship with Petrino, I love the way he screwed the Atlanta Falcons by walking out on them before his first season as  head coach was even finished but I hate his arrogance, slimeball nature, and inability to take losses like a man. Case in point, his screaming "Frick you mother fricker" across the field during last seasons LSU vs Arkansas football game.

Of course his getting fired comes complete with a statement of his regret and sorrow.

I was informed in writing today at 5:45 p.m. that I was being terminated as head football coach at the University of Arkansas.

The simplest response I have is: I’m sorry. These two words seem very inadequate. But that is my heart. All I have been able to think about is the number of people I’ve let down by making selfish decisions. I’ve taken a lot of criticism in the past. Some deserved, some not deserved. This time, I have no one to blame but myself.

I chose to engage in an improper relationship. I also made several poor decisions following the end of that relationship and in the aftermath of the accident. I accept full responsibility for what has happened.

I’m sure you heard Jeff Long’s reasons for termination. There was a lot of information shared. Given the decision that has been made, this is not the place to debate Jeff’s view of what happened. In the end, I put him in the position of having to sort through my mistakes and that is my fault.

I have hurt my wife Becky and our four children. I’ve let down the University of Arkansas, my team, coaching staff and everyone associated with the Razorback football program. As a result of my personal mistakes, we will not get to finish our goal of building a championship program. I wish that I had been given the opportunity to meet with the players and staff prior to this evening’s press conference and hope that I will be given the opportunity to give my apologies and say my goodbyes in person. We have left the program in better shape than we found it and I want the Razorback Nation to know that it is my hope that the program achieves the success it deserves.

My sole focus at this point is trying to repair the damage I’ve done to my family. They did not ask for any of this and deserve better. I am committed to being a better husband, father and human being as a result of this and will work each and every day to prove that to my family, friends and others.

I love football. I love coaching. I of course hope I can find my way back to the profession I love. In the meantime, I will do everything I can to heal the wounds I have created.

I want to thank Chancellor Gearhart, Jeff Long, the Board of Trustees, the University administration, faculty, staff, students, alumni and fans for the opportunity to serve as the head football coach at the University of Arkansas for the past 4 years. I was not given an opportunity to continue in that position. I wish that had been the case, but that was not my decision. I wish nothing but the best for the Razorback football program, the University and the entire Razorback Nation.

The only thing Petrino is sorry about is that his ass got caught. If he hadn't wrecked his motorcycle he would still be cheating on his wife with an engaged girl half his age.  Look, Bobby, everyone knows you aren't sorry so save us the faux apologies and disappear for a while. Congrats to the University of Arkansas for taking a stand and not putting up with the slimeball that is Bobby Petrino any longer. It may mean they field a weaker football team next year but the universities integrity isn't worth winning a couple more games a year. 

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