Destin, Fla. — Bobby Petrino knows he won’t be getting Christmas cards from the Falcons, their fans, or their management this year. But the Arkansas coach insisted Tuesday that his abrupt departure from the NFL team last December could not be avoided.
“It was an unfortunate thing because of the timing,” Petrino said as he arrived for his first SEC Spring Meetings as the coach of the Hogs. “The timing of it was the hardest thing I’ve ever had to do in my life.”
On Dec. 11, with three games left in the 2007 season, Petrino suddenly resigned as the Falcons’ coach at about 5:30 p.m. Six hours later Petrino was on ESPN being introduced as the new coach at Arkansas in a news conference in Fayetteville. The move touched off charges and countercharges between Petrino’s agent, Russ Campbell, and the Falcons, led by owner Arthur Blank, who said he felt “betrayed” by Petrino. [read more]