A less than professional departure from the Atlanta Falcons and a disastrous scandal at the University of Arkansas has more than humbled Petrino.
When the 2013 college football season starts Petrino will be coaching the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers. The program is entering its fifth season at the FBS level.
It seems as if there are two different ways that Cardinal fans perceive Bobby Petrino’s tenure at Louisville. The majority of them appear to dislike him for up and leaving after claiming that he was loyal to Tom Jurich and the University of Louisville for giving him the opportunity. Other may perceive Petrino in a positive light. The consistent success that Louisville football had during the Petrino era is something the program had never experienced before.
As a person, Petrino has given you more than one reason to dislike him. However, it’s hard not to appreciate what he did for the Louisville football program during his time here.
Petrino was on the outskirts of Louisville yesterday afternoon making an appearance at the Topper Tour WKU alumni event at the Heritage Hill Golf Club. When asked by the media about his time at Louisville, Petrino had nothing, but good things to say.
“I’m happy about Louisville,” Petrino told the media. “Coach Strong has done an awesome job.”
“You always look back on ‘What if?’ or ‘Should I have stayed?’ or ‘Did I make a mistake? At the time I thought I was doing something I always dreamed of and always wanted to do in the NFL. Certainly when I did leave, I’ve always been a Louisville fan.”
In his first year at the helm, Western Kentucky is the preseason favorite to win the Sunbelt Championship. The Toppers will kick off their season against Kentucky in Nashville.
[H/T To @SteveJones_CJ For The Quotes]