Reaching out to fans, Petrino seeks Razorbacks revival

by verotik on September 30, 2009

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. Tonight, as he does every Wednesday during the football season, Bobby Petrino will stroll into the Catfish Hole restaurant to the traditional calling of the Hogs.

“Woooooo, pig sooie!” the assembled crowd will chant in unison, standing up with arms raised. “Razorbacks!”

It’s a typical occurrence for the Head Hog, sure, but loud and devout enough to give the unaccustomed chills or pause.

Petrino, the second-year Arkansas head coach, will work the room, pumping hands and scribbling autographs before pulling on headphones and commencing his weekly call-in radio show. The show, in its first year, was Petrino’s idea so that “the entire state is able to, at Wednesday night at 7, know they can learn about Razorback football and feel a big part of it,” he said last week.

This is from the coach, 48, who has a reputation for a willingness to flee to the next good job. He made it through 13 games with the Atlanta Falcons amid the Michael Vick dogfighting scandal and went through well-documented flirtations with other employers while turning the Louisville program into an offensive force during his four seasons there.

Now, after the program had become a soap opera in its final years under Houston Nutt, Petrino is remaking Arkansas in his mold. [read more]

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