Written by SharpTusk on Hogdb.com
With Urban Meyer’s resignation at the University of Florida, Arkansas Razorbacks Fans now face concerns seeded in our consciousness from public criticisms and perceptions when Bobby Petrino was hired at Arkansas. Epitomized by ESPN’s Pat Forde commentary, the echoes of these words linger.
“In the coming days and weeks, the disingenuous drifter will say what Arkansas fans want to hear. He’ll look at them with blank shark eyes and tell them, in a monotone voice, how excited he is to be the coach of the Razorbacks. He will tell them how impressed he is by the tradition and the fan base. He will tell them that the Southeastern Conference is the place he always wanted to coach (and that might be the one true thing he’ll say, given how many times he’s tried to land a job in the league). It will be a trumped-up stump speech, as sincere as a politician’s pledge to cut taxes. It will simply be the latest pack of lies in a career full of them. But it will be what Arkansas fans want to hear, and the poor saps will be desperate to believe him. During their arduous search to replace Houston Nutt, they’ve been used and abused by one-fourth of the coaches in the ACC — first Butch Davis, then Tommy Bowden, then Jim Grobe. Auburn’s Tommy Tuberville flirted for a minute as well. So hiring a guy with a 41-9 college record will get the blood pumping. But those Arkansas fans ready to embrace their new hotshot coach and his pretty ball plays need to understand one thing: The disingenuous drifter doesn’t love you or any other fan base. He doesn’t love any school or any NFL franchise. He loves himself, his playbook and his bank account. That’s it. Don’t expect it to change. Bobby Petrino will return your embrace, Hog fans. But while he’s hugging you he’ll be looking over your shoulder, scanning the terrain for his next hook-up… — for my money, [Petrino's] the best offensive game-planner and tactician since Steve Spurrier’s heyday at Florida. “ Pat Forde, ESPN.com Criticism, Dec. 11, 2007
Understanding whether Forde was right then and whether the University of Arkansas will have a head football coach beyond the next few days are not easy tasks and are admittedly not entirely knowable. We knew this day would come when Coach Petrino accepted Arkansas’ head coach position, and the best way to explore some of the issues are to read posts originally written in 2008 and 2009 and republished within the last year on Hog Database.