Months after being fired Bobby Petrino hopes to have another chance to coach
ESPN’s Joe Schad got the first interview with Bobby Petrino since he lost as job as head coach of the Arkansas Razobacks after getting into a motorcycle accident carrying his mistress and new hire on the back. The article is strange one just because it’s weird reading so much remorse and confusion from ego-of-all-egos Petrino. The most alarming thing, though, is that appears to still be convinced that he doesn’t know why he did what he did.
Throughout the interview he expresses a lot of confusion over his own actions and seems to be searching for answers. He said he and his wife, Becky, are in counseling trying to work things out. He said his main priority is making things right with his family.
But then he goes right into the sales pitch:
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“I’ve made mistakes and I’m going to be a better person for it,” he said. “I’m going to keep my life in better balance. And I really feel I’ll be a better coach because this happened, because now I know that I’m going to coach the person as much as the player and help the person who has made mistakes, help him understand that he is not going to be defined by the mistakes he has made but how he reacts to it and overcomes it.”
“I would like to be able to explain the mistakes that I made,” he said. “I think I’ve got to take this one day at a time, continue to improve as a person and as a husband. I’m also going to continue to work on football. And I just hope and pray that I get that opportunity again.”
Schad dutifully notes Petrino’s accomplishments and reading them you can’t help but assume that Petrino will get another chance. After all, he’s very young (still in his early 50s) and has a lot of football left. And he’s already making the appropriate amends with the media and reframing the incident as a learning experience.