We’ve all heard the sordid details by now of the married Razorbacks head coach Bobby Petrino, his 25-year-old female ‘friend’ and his unfortunate motorcycle accident while together.
He was placed on paid administrative leave Thursday after athletic director Jeff Long learned of the details, and some, especially players who were with him in Atlanta back in ’07, can’t help but smile.
Former Falcons defensive back Lawyer Milloy told Pete Thamel of the New York Times, "That's karma,". "Just because he knows Xs and Os that doesn't mean he's a nice person."
For a little background, let’s go back to Bobby’s days as Atlanta Falcons head coach.
In January of 2007, Petrino became the head coach of the Falcons, signing a contract worth $24 million over 5 years. His primary goal was to make Michael Vick a more complete quarterback.
Then the bombshell was dropped – Vick’s dog fighting involvement emerged and he was arraigned on charges July 26th. He couldn’t leave Virginia per his bail agreement, so no training camp for their starting QB.
Without Vick, the Falcons all but folded. The season was a forgettable one to say the least. By December, the Falcons were rock bottom in the NFC South at 3-10. On December 10th, Petrino pledged his commitment to Falcons owner Arthur Blank, promising that he would be there for the 2008 season.
The day after, Petrino resigned to become head coach of the Arkansas Razorbacks. He informed his players with a four-sentence laminated note left at the locker of each player.
He left the team high and dry during a time when they needed the leadership of a head coach to stay focused. It was cowardly move, and yes, maybe Lawyer Milloy is right. It certainly looks like karma to me.