ESPN.com columnist Gene Wojciechowski wrote a fake dialogue between new Arkansas footbal head coach Bobby Petrino and a recruit's father. Hilarity ensued, especially in the comments section, which has 460 responses since the article was posted a tad over 12 hours ago.
Father: "Another recruiter was here a few days ago. He said people are calling you, 'Coach Pinocchio.' He said you have a history of lying."
Petrino: "I don't think I have a lying issue."
"In 2003, your first year as Louisville's head coach, you lied about a secret meeting with Auburn officials to discuss replacing your former boss, Tommy Tuberville -- who hadn't even been fired."
"I was a young coach and I made a mistake."
"You weren't that young. You were 42."
"I meant young, compared to Joe Paterno."
And how about those comments? Oh, those poor Arkansas fans. They're bemoaning ESPN for picking on their beloved coach.
I am getting really tired of ESPN always being like this to the Arkansas Razorbacks. I am a huge Razorback fan and in the past couple years the only thing ESPN has done is tarnish the Razorback's reputation. Petrino was smart to get out of Atlanta. I bet Arthur Blank told him he would fire him if he didn't leave just to keep his image. I guarantee we are losing recruits because of ESPN always talking bad about the Arkansas program. What High school player wants to go to a college and play football that is only talked bad about by ESPN?
Oh, yeah, totally. ESPN is making Arkansas lose recruits. Only if ESPN talked good about the Razorbacks, would they get Terrelle Pryor and Julio Jones to commit! They'd be great in that four-WR offense!
Why dont you do a story on his recruiting class after signing day. You know wait til the facts are in and see what recruits and their parents reactions are instead of creating what you hope it might be. I doubt that will happen it wouldnt fit the bash petrino at all costs idea the network has adopted
Just wait. Two, maybe three years from now Petrino will leave Arkansas for another head coaching job and you'll be right here with Wojo and the rest of the nation who thinks Petrino is a slimeball.