Lights, camera, action! Petrino wants you to know he’s sorry (UPDATED with video)

You know, I can't look at this photo enough times. (AP photo)

Unfortunately, Petrino won't be wearing neck brace tonight. (AP)

(Updated with link to ESPN story and video below)

So of the least-enviable jobs tasks imaginable, where would “Bobby Petrino-image repair rank”? North of Barry Bonds (post-[alleged]-steroid use) but south of BP (post-oil spill)?

Petrino has agreed to/orchestrated his first television interview since a somewhat comical motorcycle crash and face plant exposed his affair with an Arkansas subordinate and submarined both his career and his personal life. (Not his reputation. That already was a wreck.)

Petrino recently sat down with ESPN’s Joe Schad. The interview will air sometime tonight during the 6 p.m. Sportscenter. Maybe the Falcons for a chuckle to loosen up before their exhibition game against Baltimore. It totally should be on the big screen at the Georgia Dome.

According to Schad, Petrino appears both “remorseful” and “apologetic.” Both emotions would, of course, qualify as precedent-setting.

The funniest description I’ve seen of this interview came from the blog site Arkansasexpats, which wrote, “This is arguably the most anticipated interview in Arkansas history since Barbara Walters scored the first sit-down with Monica Lewinsky in 1999.”

Bobby Petrino. Monica Lewinsky. Perfect.

(Update: Here’s a link to ESPN’s story on the interview. A video excerpt is below. One of the money quotes: “Instead of standing on the sideline with [Arkansas players], I’m going to be sitting on the living room couch, watching them. And I just can’t believe I screwed up so bad.”)

“I’ll be a better coach because this happened, because I’ll coach the person and not just the player,” Petrino said in the interview, according to SB Nation. “I have a better understanding of what life is really about. Put your energy into people that love you and count on you.”

Sounds great. He should put that on a plaque.

Petrino has not spoken publicly since his firing but his temp replacement John L. Smith said at SEC media days that the two spoke last month.

Here’s the reality: Petrino knows his reputation has been soiled. No NFL team would touch him. At this point you wonder what major college program would touch him. He has a reputation for job-hopping, lying, manipulating and leaving wreckage in the rear-view mirror.

With the Falcons, he showed himself to be a coward. What happened at Arkansas was even worse because his affair with an underling exposed a public university to considerable damages (not to mention what the scandal did to the players).

Petrino won’t be speaking to you tonight. Nothing personal, but he really doesn’t care about you. He will be speaking to college presidents and athletic directors, whom he will try to convince that he is a changed man. (Or a man at all.)

But we judge people by actions, not words, and there are lot of actions to overcome. A TV interview doesn’t qualify as a cleansing.

Some previous blogs on my favorite guy, Bobby Petrino

Arkansas living with deserved humiliation after Petrino firing

Petrino saga explained in Taiwan cartoon

Arkansas had no choice but to fire Petrino

Arkansas fans should be ashamed of themselves

ESPN video

By Jeff Schultz

177 comments Add your comment

Rick

August 9th, 2012
12:34 pm

Rick

August 9th, 2012
12:34 pm

Kudos from Schultz will follow!

LESD

August 9th, 2012
12:38 pm

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LESD

August 9th, 2012
12:39 pm

Jeff, I’m starting to get the idea that you have a less-than-favorable opinion of this man’s character.

Wilson Pickett

August 9th, 2012
12:41 pm

Bobby will be the HC at auburn in 2014 if not 2013. He’s already be laid and the banker , the woodcutter, and the old drunk will get him saved and paid. When DaTrupa and DaLupa is the face of your program then a hire of Bobby is really no PR problem.

Rick

August 9th, 2012
12:41 pm

Now about this article, you right nothing he does or says makes him a good person right now! Is he serious!? ESPN interview? Thats original! Looks like the more dirt you do the easier it is to get on TV or in the media and apologize and all is forgiven! Thanks for not giving this guy a pass Jeff! He speaks of the team that he let down, however I wonder has he taken the effort to apologize to them? Maybe not in person (because I know they would kot let this creep with-in driving distance of the University) but by sitting down and writing a hand written letter to each athlete he coached! Speaking of Universities, hey Arkansas like the old saying goes “lie down with dogs and you get fleas”! Our franchise laid down with this guy and we got TICKS! I dont wish bad on anyone but sometimes you get what you give!

PetrinoHater

August 9th, 2012
12:48 pm

He lied during the Joe Schad interview. How could I tell? His mouth was moving. He will be hired as a coach by Thanksgiving this year for some desperate college

KoKoPuf

August 9th, 2012
12:59 pm

Next year, when Petrino is coach at UGA, you can tell us how great he is!

Matt the Brave

August 9th, 2012
1:01 pm

I’ll actually be surprised if he does get hired by anyone. This is almost as bad as Jim Harrick, except worse because he walked out on his team and is a dirty filthy liar. At least Harrick was only a liar.

Bombs away

August 9th, 2012
1:02 pm

Some charity could make a lot of money by strapping Petrino to a drone and dropping him on a terrorist in Pakistan with the hi-res cameras rolling. I would gladly subscribe to the live event.

Grantdawg

August 9th, 2012
1:04 pm

Hard to believe anyone would touch him at this point. “I’ll coach the person, not the player.” What? Who wants this guy to teach morality and character to kids?

Hollywould

August 9th, 2012
1:05 pm

Nice work Jeff/ Tell it like it is/ what a piece of crap Puketrino is

dtruth

August 9th, 2012
1:06 pm

Karma is a mother and it visit’s most of us at some point…. Just happy it hit Bobby P at the right time….Was in the situation of his life time, great football team, top quarterback, pretty much a national championship contender and he was slapped back to earth! He publicly shot his own self in the pecker. He is greatly deserving of what he got!

Mr. Hankey

August 9th, 2012
1:07 pm

I wish everybody would just ignore this a-hole. that would be the worst punishment. However, I do LOVE that photo at the top of the article. Karma is a beautiful thing!

Birds of a feather

August 9th, 2012
1:08 pm

“Next year, when Petrino is coach at UGA, you can tell us how great he is!”

That’s a very real possibility. Any program that would hire a douchebag like Grantham would hire Petrino.

Mitch Kumstein

August 9th, 2012
1:10 pm

What a Douche. I hope he makes a fool of himself (again). The man simply has no class or character. I would not let him coach a hopscotch team.

Michael M.

August 9th, 2012
1:14 pm

Tell em to stick his head up his you know what………………..what a Bum ! Good riddens and don’t come back !

Mandrell Dawg

August 9th, 2012
1:21 pm

If Petrino hadn’t learned anything of moral importance before his joyride, I’m sure he hasn’t changed since. Anyone who hires this man is playing with fire and the question isn’t if you get burned, but when and how badly.

Matt

August 9th, 2012
1:22 pm

Some people deserve the benefit of the doubt…but, NOT ScumbagPetrino. This is just so, so delicious to watch. I guess karma really is a b*tch.

Phil Suckalewski

August 9th, 2012
1:29 pm

I hope that douch-nozzle doesn’t get any response from any teams. It is very transparent what he is doing, a lame ass attempt on trying to get another job. He sounds like a teenage kid, trying to find the right words to get out of trouble with his parents, thinking, “yea, they’ll buy this”.

Rick

August 9th, 2012
1:30 pm

No props for first? Dont look like Petrino will be first on no ones list for a while! Hehehehehe. Was that mean!?

Rimfire

August 9th, 2012
1:31 pm

Karma’s a bitch, huh Bobby…

Falconsufferersince66

August 9th, 2012
1:32 pm

Would he be able to get a job on a garbage truck in Arkansas?

MatthewH

August 9th, 2012
1:32 pm

I realize that you have to write about the news of the day, and finding topics every day can be hard. But, I find it interesting that both you and Bradley are writing about this. Please, no more (digital) ink on this man! He doesn’t deserve it. He’s just angling for a job. Maybe if no one wrote about him, he’s just go away.

khaki-wearing effiminate UGA fan

August 9th, 2012
1:37 pm

He’s a better football coach than Richt, period.

CLEMSONDUDE

August 9th, 2012
1:39 pm

He only regrets getting caught.

Bubba Bean

August 9th, 2012
1:39 pm

Jeff,
You have never written a better piece. This guy is a troll and he is just following the script written for him by the PR firm in charge of getting him another job. Looooooser!!!

vladamir sonovabitch

August 9th, 2012
1:44 pm

I can’t believe a single word this d**kbreath says. “Why did you do this?” He knows why. “Because for what I look like, this chick was a young hottie with a tight bod and I was bangin her!! Awesome!!! That’s why I did it.”

“What was your one weakness?”

BP: “I don’t know”
Yeah…BS. here’s what he thought… “My weakness? Her tight naked @$$ in my face dude. Seriously… that’s a stupid question.”

Would he do it again?

If there was a 100% guarantee that he wouldn’t get caught….. hell yes.

The Truth

August 9th, 2012
1:45 pm

Lol @ “trying to put my finger on the ‘y’…”!!! Mission accomplished Bobby. All puns aside, I think the answer to the”why” question is insainly obvious, especially to the 50 something crowd.

On a serious note, congrats to Jeff Shultz on his first decent article. For once Shultz makes some valid, supportable points. Kudos, and best of luck with your ongoing attempt to justify your existance as a journalist!

THE Dixie Redcoat Band

August 9th, 2012
1:48 pm

Who says he won’t end up at UGA or PSU someday! Pretty funny…

Rise Up!

August 9th, 2012
1:48 pm

If he’s truly a remorseful and reformed scumbag, he needs to do something other than be involved in football. Anything short of that … he continues to be a delusional narcissist.

Paddy

August 9th, 2012
1:48 pm

I see Idaho St. or Clermont-Mudd college in his future, maybe Edward Waters. That will about top hm out!

P Rose

August 9th, 2012
1:49 pm

He’ll get a TV reality show. Charlie Sheen, Anna Nicole Smith, Paris Hilton — bad is good in our twisted society. Why are we even talking about Bobby Petrino? Because, especially in the media, bad = good.

Mike Mularkey

August 9th, 2012
1:49 pm

Better him than me.

redweather

August 9th, 2012
1:53 pm

Wow! This is a tough crowd.

CT_Jacket

August 9th, 2012
1:53 pm

I would have been more impressed with the interview if he just said, “I may be a jack*ss, a liar and an adulterer, but I can coach football.” First, he will go to “treatment.” Then, some FCS school will hire him and put all sorts of ethical and moral clauses in the contract to cover themselves.

Rick

August 9th, 2012
1:53 pm

Coaching 101 for the reality show! Dude can coach just has no morals!

P Rose

August 9th, 2012
1:54 pm

Mike Vick is the poster child for the bad = good theory. Anytime his team’s game is televised, MV7 is the topic of conversation among the announcers 80% of the time. Why? Bad is good. We haven’t heard the last from Bobby Petrino. His own notoriety is about to make him a household name. He may not coach again but he’ll get his own reality TV show. Wait and see.

notbspn

August 9th, 2012
1:54 pm

To Wilson Pickett, You are truly an Updyke. He burned the bridge at Auburn years ago when he tried to go behind Tubervilles back to take his job after the 2003 season.

PrezObozo

August 9th, 2012
1:54 pm

Petrino 2nd, pedophile supporting Perverterno & his foot long nose 1st!

Kmac

August 9th, 2012
1:55 pm

I do agree he is a way better coach than Mark morality issues aside. On that merit alone he will get another coaching gig at a major college.

Dr. Phil

August 9th, 2012
1:59 pm

Petrino did not lose his moral compass. He never had one.

Kmac

August 9th, 2012
1:59 pm

and he really knows that. In his head Coach Petrino is thinking screw all of you I know I am an excellent coach. he cant say that however but knows his audience is the School presidents and athletic directors. Screw everybody else. He could care less about Atlanta, Auburn, Louisville, or any other previous stop. He knows he has skills and I agree with him.

slick

August 9th, 2012
2:00 pm

If I’m Mr. Blank, that picture of Petrino in the neck brace and all scratched to hell is sitting on my desk.

Sneakers O'Toole

August 9th, 2012
2:04 pm

I’d hire him to drive the ball retriever at the driving range in a heartbeat. Sell buckets for $50

Bubba the Bulldawg

August 9th, 2012
2:05 pm

Tech could use some creativity on offense.

If they hired Petrino that would mean they’d have to find a QB that could actually pass the football.

Dave

August 9th, 2012
2:08 pm

Jeff, if Derek Dooley has another bad year at UT, do you think the Vols descend into the slime pit and hire Petrino? With the kind of money that flows through that program I have to wonder if they’ll at least be tempted by his on-the-(college) field record.

DHD

August 9th, 2012
2:08 pm

Funny how they are always sorry when they get caught.

M915

August 9th, 2012
2:11 pm

Everyone will forgive him in a couple of months.Thats how the “GOOD OLE BOY” network operates.

whobitchakokoff

August 9th, 2012
2:12 pm

Anybody know how I can get in touch with his “underling”?