Why Louisville Should Bring Back Bobby Petrino

Why Louisville should bring back Bobby Petrino

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Aug 31, 2013; Nashville, TN, USA; Western Kentucky Hilltoppers head coach Bobby Petrino leaves the field following the first half against the Kentucky Wildcats at LP Field. Mandatory Credit: Jim Brown-USA TODAY SportsIn one of the more interesting developments involving the coaching carousel in college football, current Western Kentucky head coach Bobby Petrino interviewed for the recently opened position at Louisville following Charlie Strong's departure to Texas.

Of course, what's intriguing about this is that Petrino was the coach of the Cardinals from 2003-2006 before jumping to the Atlanta Falcons.

So, with that bit of news, everyone wants to know one thing: Would Louisville actually bring Petrino back?

Obviously, given Petrino's recent history, that answer is a complicated one.

If we're purely looking at things from a football standpoint, I'd argue that Petrino is one of the best coaches in the country, and I'd hire him as my coach in a heartbeat.

But, it's not that simple. As we all know, Petrino was fired from Arkansas for off-the-field issues that got pretty ugly when all was said and done. Arkansas athletic director Jeff Long pretty much let the guy have it in the press conference announcing his firing, going down a long list of things (the motorcycle accident, the lying, etc.) that Petrino had done to deserve his removal as coach.

That turn of events didn't help his cause. Before that, there was Petrino's abrupt resignation 13 games into his tenure as head coach of the Falcons. A better offer was presented from Arkansas, and just like that, he bolted.

All of this has lead to Petrino having to take a job at a smaller school like Western Kentucky. The Hilltoppers finished at 8-4 this season in his first year at the helm.

And, as you would expect from man that's trying to earn his way back into the good grace of larger programs throughout the country, we haven't heard much of anything about him.

With all of that said, the focus turns back to Louisville. Strong developed a winning culture with the Cardinals, and now that's he gone, there's no doubt that athletic director Tom Jurich wants to find someone that can pick up right where he left off. 

The Cardinals are set to move into the ACC next season, so the competition will also take a step up.

As for where Petrino fits into all of that, it seems to me that if Louisville has been willing to bring him in for an interview, they are serious enough to offer him the job.

Reports suggest that they have also interviewed various coordinators, but in the grand scheme of things, no one that they've interviewed has the resume that Petrino has. He's the absolute best coach on their radar, and that is unlikely to change.

Personally, even with all that previous baggage, I'd make the hire.

Say what you want about morals and such, but the ultimate fact is that college football is about winning. If Louisville wants to win, Petrino should be their choice. He's a proven winner, and I honestly can't see the guy failing should he make his triumphant return to the school.

He may not have the best track record and he may jump at a bigger opportunity when it presents itself. But for Louisville to make a big splash heading into a new conference, this is the best move they could make.

Petrino knows that he's on thin ice. He knows that the next time he screws up, he may not get another opportunity in big-time college football. Should Jurich decide to make the hire, there's no doubt that Petrino will be on his best behavior. 

He is without a doubt Louisville's best choice. They better make the hire before someone else does.

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