Jimmy Johnson says Arkansas should re-hire Bobby Petrino


Former coach Jimmy Johnson told Gino Torretta on XM Radio that Arkansas should consider re-hiring Bobby Petrino:

“Some people might laugh but I’m serious about it. If they want an outstanding coach they ought to bring back Petrino or hire Butch Davis. And people say, ‘Well how in the world can you bring back Petrino?’ I said, ‘Listen, you forgave Bill Clinton.’ Forgive the man. Forgive the man for making a bad decision. Give him an opportunity to coach again.

“I mean he wants to get back into coaching and he’s a great coach and he made a mistake. This whole country, it’s built on forgiving people and giving them second chances. And I think the fan base would love to bring him back. But if they don’t bring him back? But you know, Butch Davis, give him an opportunity. …”

Win at all costs right? The drop off since Petrino left at Arkansas has been massive. Nobody doubts that Petrino is a great football coach.

I’m hoping Bobby makes his way back into the SEC somehow.



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  • I just dont like Petrino. Hes a great coach and all but after watching what he did to Atlanta and now what he did in Arkansas I just dont think there is reason for a second chance. The man is Lane Kiffin but on a slightly higher scale.I understand he made a mistake but when youre in the position he was in youre supposed to be a role model not only to your players but the community that follows Arkansas football. If I were Arkansas I wouldnt rehire him and I would be hesitant to hire him if I were any other school in the SEC because in my eyes its kind of like a ticking time bomb. What will Petrino screw up next?

  • Bobby petrino will never win an sec title. He may have the playcalling skills but his lack of leadership ability will always prevent his teams from going all the way. If you are UK this may not matter…but if you are Auburn or UT the goal is to win sec titles. Bad move for any of the three in my opinion