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Petrino's father: 'He's interested in Kentucky'

By David Harten

This article was published November 8, 2012 at 12:03 p.m.


Arkansas Democrat-Gazette/BENJAMIN KRAIN --1/6/12-- Bobby Petrino argues a call with the officials after a penalty on a field goal which forced the Razorbacks to punt instead.

The father of former University of Arkansas football coach Bobby Petrino says his son is interested in the now-open head coaching position at Kentucky.

Speaking to The Courier-Journal in Louisville, Ky., Bobby Petrino Sr. said the disgraced former leader of the Razorbacks has been wanting to get back into coaching.

"I just know this, that he's interested in Kentucky," the father told the Courier-Journal's Adam Himmelsbach. "He wants to stay in the SEC. That was his life's goal was to go to the SEC."

The younger Petrino has experience in the Bluegrass State. Before his arrival at Arkansas, he spent four seasons as head coach at Louisville, leading the Cardinals to an Orange Bowl victory during the 2006 season.

Bobby Petrino Jr. was fired from his UA post in April after a motorcycle accident later revealed he was in an extramarital relationship with an employee in the athletics office, Jessica Dorrell. His contract was terminated after it was discovered that he had recently hired Dorrell for a position in his office over hundreds of other qualified applicants.

Yahoo! Sports earlier reported that Kentucky would not consider him for the opening, which came after Joker Phillips was fired on Sunday following a 40-0 home loss to Vanderbilt. The Wildcats are 1-9 this season, including a 0-7 mark in the Southeastern Conference.

Petrino was 34-17 in four seasons at Fayetteville, with an appearance in the Sugar Bowl during the 2010 season.


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HawgFan says... November 8, 2012 at 12:54 p.m.

Petrino is a great coach, but he's proven that any team is taking a big risk in hiring him.

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Razorbacker1 says... November 8, 2012 at 1:25 p.m.

Kentucky should go after him. He learned his lesson. I bet Kentucky could sign him for the cheap also!! The school would instantly get H.S. Q.B.'S and widereceivers interested in the school.

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LevyRat says... November 8, 2012 at 1:34 p.m.

Kentucky makes plenty of money from basketball, they don't need to stoop to that level for a football coach .......... now Auburn is a different story, they will do anything if they think they can beat Alabama.

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SPA says... November 8, 2012 at 2 p.m.

I doubt seriously that he has learned his lesson, unless that lesson is, "Be more discreet and don't let your side order drive the bike."

Wonder if he's still married?

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ELKHUNTER says... November 8, 2012 at 2:50 p.m.

Ive never heard of a girl named Kentucky...

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GCW says... November 8, 2012 at 3:02 p.m.

I still predict Tennessee.

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Jackabbott says... November 8, 2012 at 3:07 p.m.

Hope he winds up at Kentucky or Tennessee, if he goes to Auburn, that is real trouble for the Hogs down the road. Keep hearing that Texas is going to make a play for Saban and that Paul Johnson from GA. Tech to Ark. He is quick turnaround artist at Navy and GT, using wishbone so you do not need the top shelf recruits that Arkansas cannot get anyway.

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Jfish says... November 8, 2012 at 3:13 p.m.

Talk about overstating the obvious, well of course he's interested, he would crawl to Kentucky faster than Eddie Sutton crawled from UA. Let's see, what would you rather do Bobby, sit at home and be the most humiliated coach in America for another year or go coach at an SEC school that has nothing to lose and everything to gain?

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billg3112091102 says... November 8, 2012 at 5:03 p.m.

Kentucky can afford to be patient and get a big name coach...yeah right. Kentucky looks like a coaches graveyard.

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NoUserName says... November 8, 2012 at 6:05 p.m.

When your dad's putting out feelers to schools, your phone isn't ringing much.

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