I’m not good with other people’s remorse. I can’t tell if someone is sincerely sorry for a transgression or simply sorry for having been caught in it. So I’m not going to pass judgment on this four-minute video conversation between Bobby Petrino, who was once the Arkansas coach after having briefly been the Falcons’ coach, and Joe Schad of ESPN.
Cliff’s Notes: Petrino says he’s sorry for the affair with the woman that led to him falling off his motorcycle and getting fired from his “dream job.” (Arkansas, not the Falcons.) He cries a bit. He says he’s trying to put his marriage back together. He says he abandoned the principles by which he’d led his life. (Here I can hear folks saying, “What principles?”) He says he’ll be a better coach, assuming he gets another job, which seems a safe assumption.
Beyond that, I’ll let you judge. I actually was the one guy in the Atlanta media who kind of liked Petrino — not that I condoned his leaving after 13 games; that was beyond the pale — so maybe I want to take him at his words. But you know me: Just an old softie at heart.
By Mark Bradley