Once news of Bobby Petrino proving that bad things do indeed happen to bad people, you would have thought Arkansas AD Jeff Long has come up with a cure for cancer as a result of opting to fire Petrino.
Not so fast.
Yes, Jeff Long made the call to fire Petrino (one made very easy with the payment of $20,000 to Jessica Dorrell). But he is also the same one who HIRED him to start with, and didn’t ask the Atlanta Falcons permission to interview him to start with.
Petrino had a checkered pass before heading to the land of the Waltons and Hog Hats. From the clandestine meeting trying to unseat Tommy Tuberville at Auburn, issues within at Louisville and the fact that he lied to the Falcons about leaving and was too big of a coward to face the players and tell them he was leaving….no sympathy should be given in this case. Jeff Long took a big risk in hiring Petrino and was burned badly.
It’s downright wrong for revisionist history to wash his hands of creating this mess to start with.