Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Arkansas Finally Gets Its Man

In the end, Bobby Petrino didn't leave any friends behind in Atlanta. After 13 games as Falcon coach and less than a year after accepting what he called his "dream job," he resigned. Hours later he was in Fayetteville being announced as Arkansas' coach, doing the "Woo Pig Suey," which you can see in the second video.

He's being ripped a new one in Atlanta. Falcon cornerback DeAngelo Hall said: "If I saw him in the street I wouldn't have anything to say to him. I don't have any respect for him. He turned his back on the organization." Atlanta Journal-Constitution columnist Jeff Schultz said Petrino was overmatched in the NFL.

Petrino signed a five-year contract for $2.8 million a year with Arkansas and everybody in the Razorback state appears to be elated over the selection. This is obviously going to make for some interesting games in 2008 and beyond against Mississippi, where Houston Nutt resides, and Auburn, where Petrino nearly became the Tiger coach in 2004.

And even more proof how bundled the reporting was from Arkansas during this search (Tuberville, Bowden, Grobe). Here's a report from earlier Tuesday stating that Petrino was no longer in the mix.

In other coaching-related news:

Michigan: Les Miles confirms he talked with Michigan officials last Friday, but now says he was merely trying to help the Wolverines with their search. You would think a coach whose team is getting ready to play in the Bowl Championship Series title game would have more important issues to deal with, but ...

So, now what? Glen Mason told the Detroit News: "Needless to say, I'd be interested. I would have a great interest." The problem is, he hasn't been contacted. Michael Rosenberg of the Detroit Free Press says Michigan needs to hire a search firm.

Duke: Vanderbilt's Bobby Johnson told the Blue Devils he's not interested, leaving former UCLA coach Karl Dorrell and Grambling State coach Rob Broadway as candidates who are known to have interviewed. According to ACC Now, a petition has been started to hire Rick Neuheisel.

Houston: Former Cougar and NFL coach Jack Pardee and Notre Dame offensive coordinator Michael Haywood reportedly are the finalists.

Southern Mississippi: Oklahoma State offensive coordinator Larry Fedora, 45, will be introduced Wednesday as coach, replacing Jeff Bower.

Southern Methodist: It's day 44 of the search. Bower has been mentioned as a possibility, but that's about it.

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