A tearful Bobby Petrino tells ESPN he’s sorry for everything

Bobby Petrino after the infamous fall but before the subsequent firing. (AP photo)

Bobby Petrino after the infamous fall, but before the subsequent firing. (AP photo)

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

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Benjamin

August 9th, 2012
12:34 pm

TearsSchmears

August 9th, 2012
12:36 pm

I can’t watch that crap

Benjamin

August 9th, 2012
12:37 pm

Also, keep in mind that Bobby Petrino has to put up with something 99.999% of us never have endured: the weight of American public opinion. I don’t like the guy – never have, and probably never will – but I wouldn’t want to be a man in his position, either, with every perceived flaw measured and maginified by millions of people with whom I’d never have the ability to sit down for coffee with and/or tell my side of the story.

Though I can’t imagine a scenario where I’d want to drink coffee with Bobby Petrino, I feel for the guy on that level.

Terrence Moore

August 9th, 2012
12:37 pm

Greatest picture of Coward Petrino EVER!

Falcons RISE UP!

Mark Bradley

August 9th, 2012
12:39 pm

Indeed, Benjamin.

sansho1

August 9th, 2012
12:39 pm

You can’t spell schadenfreude without Schad!

Vince Doodley

August 9th, 2012
12:40 pm

All part of the master plan to rehabilitate CBMFP and get him back to coaching. Watch this space. in one years time he will be coaching either back at UPig or at Tennessee once they finish with the current regime.

Mark Bradley

August 9th, 2012
12:40 pm

Good one from Sansho, who may or may not be a bailiff.

Speed Merchant

August 9th, 2012
12:43 pm

I can’t imagine what you liked about Petrino, Mark. I see it as payback for living the self absorbed life. If he’s learned from his mistakes, I hope he moves on successfully. But I seriously doubt he’d be tearful and sorry right now if he hadn’t gotten his sorry butt caught.

youTROLLScalledAINTS

August 9th, 2012
12:51 pm

Like I said I dont wish bad on any one and believe me there is not a level of sins or a book of sins with ratings! However with that said, we got free will so he knew what he was doing! He had to miss out on coaching a guy who also knew what he was doing but had free will and made choices that were not good for him. You get what you give! And this guy has not given any good. I never had a problem with you jumping ship on different teams…..heck I feel that if someone offers me a better offer I am out. But the deal is, is that this guy preaches a different story and walks a different route! He says one thing but does the exact opposite. Free will Bobby; you made your choices, now live with the consequences. Make it right……look at the QB you onced had a chance to coach and he has made it right. Start from those you have dumped on ( Atlanta, Arkansas football – the administration deserved it, Louisville, Auburn, shall I go on?!) And start making admends!

Bill Clinton

August 9th, 2012
12:52 pm

He’s just sorry he got caught!

Statues R' Us

August 9th, 2012
12:56 pm

At least Arkansas won’t have to worry about a Petrino statue hanging around.

Big Crimson 75

August 9th, 2012
12:58 pm

Can’t stand the guy.

Tide Pride

August 9th, 2012
1:00 pm

He will be Tennessee’s coach next season.

dtruth

August 9th, 2012
1:00 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….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!

Sceptic

August 9th, 2012
1:04 pm

The main thought that comes to mind is how many times did he do this and not get caught. This type of behavior indicates a major character flaw. But college football, like many sports, is about winning and money–and not about building strong character.

59bulldawg

August 9th, 2012
1:06 pm

Would love to know what Tommy T thinks about all of this!

UGA Insider

August 9th, 2012
1:07 pm

I have heard Arkansas trustees want him back and will fire the AD to do it.

Michael M.

August 9th, 2012
1:10 pm

Why in the world do you post a blog on this BUM…………………..very grateful he is goneeeeee from Atlanta !

Bobby Lied

August 9th, 2012
1:16 pm

So, this lying jerk has principles, roflmao!,,,

All I'm Saying Is....

August 9th, 2012
1:19 pm

Bradley: You are not a softie at heart so please spare us all the crocodile tears and false sincerity. When you disagree with someone and think they should be fired (i.e. former GTech hoops coach, Hewitt), then you are unrelenting in your opinion (which is fine) and then when the person resigns or is fired, you all of sudden write an article talking about how bothered you are by it, how sad the whole thing is, etc. blah, blah, blah. Those of us paying attention know full well how fake and phony you are so please spare us. As for Petrino, one reason you may have liked him is because you are both phony and not genuine. Petrino literally made his bed and warrants no sympathy from anyone. If that motorcyle hadn’t crashed, he would still exhibit the same behavior.

Mr. Dawg

August 9th, 2012
1:23 pm

Despite his repeated history of being deceitful Bobby Petrino has never paid a price. Rather he has been rewarded for his unmistakable talent. The Falcons should have noted when they hired him that he had a history of interviewing secretly and decetifully, The well documented secret Auburn interview topped the list. When Arkansas hired him they apparently didn’t care about the fact that he was leaving his current employer in a dishonorable fashion. His latest transgression should have come as no surprise to them. Petrino is a classic example of a person whose unsavory behavior can be attributed to at least some extent by the fact that he has never been held accountable. This will be the first time he has been “taught a lesson”. No one can say whether or not he’ll learn from it. But considering the way those in the past have ignored his history I say he deserves a second chance. (and just for the record, as a Falcons fan I was as angry as anyone at his departure)

Kramer

August 9th, 2012
1:24 pm

To little to late. The man is toast. And should be.

kimmer

August 9th, 2012
1:26 pm

Petrino already had a WELL earned professional reputation as a classless, unethical sleaze bag and the bimbo scandal just proved that his proclivities extend into his private life as well. Oh, sure he’ll get another job when some program’s desperation for a winning football team overcomes the negative image from having a man of his character run the show. That decision will take about 5 minutes to make. The question though is BP’s reputation too irreparably damaged for him to be effective as a HC of a major program?

20-30 years ago absolutely. Today, sadly probably not.

woeismesince66

August 9th, 2012
1:28 pm

If anyone ever needed the props kicked out from under him, it was this scalawag.

Bubba Bean

August 9th, 2012
1:31 pm

I agree with one thing. . . . he is definitely ’sorry’.

youTROLLScalledAINTS

August 9th, 2012
1:33 pm

Wonder if he is still ready to yell Suiiiieeeee! Squeal like a pig! Lol. This guy is something else!

Jake

August 9th, 2012
1:34 pm

Enter your comments here Garbage not worthy of pick up. He does not deserve a chance to be an assistant coach in Pop Warner

Mandingo

August 9th, 2012
1:35 pm

Nothing on earth will take a man down faster than a whiskey glass and a woman’s ass.

Veteran Fan

August 9th, 2012
1:35 pm

The absolute worst punishment for this fellow is the fact that he is irrelevant! Bobby who?

peanut gallery

August 9th, 2012
1:39 pm

Article on Petrino with a comment section.

Like moths to a flame.

jonathan

August 9th, 2012
1:41 pm

Mark, way to much atl and local sports to talk about. Why give them scum bag ANY publicity!

wes

August 9th, 2012
1:42 pm

IN THE FACE!!!!!!!

Red Stick

August 9th, 2012
1:43 pm

I lost respect for him when he showed his arse when he was cursing Miles across the field last year. He thought LSU was running up the score but he did just that the week before when they pounded Miss State.

He’s an excellent coach and will be coaching in 2013 but I don’t like him.

Geaux Tigers
Go SEC

TroupDawg

August 9th, 2012
1:47 pm

What was happening on the motorcycle that made hin fall off??

Spanky

August 9th, 2012
1:56 pm

Yeah, I think he’s a stinkin’ pile, but I do believe we’ll see him back in the SEC!! Some think he’ll be back at Hog-central, some think he’ll get to Rocky-Top….kind of an entertaining topic!! Since he likes to turn programs around, I think he could be wearing Kentucky-blue!!

BTW- Even though I don’t like the guy, I don’t blame him for his choice of a mistress!!

Spanky

August 9th, 2012
1:56 pm

Troup,…you don’t want to know!!

Tomahawk Holmes

August 9th, 2012
2:03 pm

Petrino = A-HOLE

His misstress = not bad at all

PS – No one should feel sorry for millionaire coaches

GO BRAVES!

RiffRaff

August 9th, 2012
2:17 pm

“I actually was the one guy in the Atlanta media who kind of liked Petrino..” Seriously Mark??? He flat out lied to Mr. Blank, and completely disrespected the players. There is no reason to think this guy has changed or has an ounce of truth in his words.

dixie dawg

August 9th, 2012
2:19 pm

Most people are sorry (after they get caught)

sorrysaints777

August 9th, 2012
2:25 pm

Terrence Moore- Greatest picture of Coward Petrino EVER!

Falcons RISE UP
__________________________________________________________

Man, that’s cold.

Clay

August 9th, 2012
2:25 pm

You get what you give. I don’t feel a single bit sorry for Petrino.

Eisendawg

August 9th, 2012
2:26 pm

By “sorry for everything”, does this include the bareface lie he told to Arthur Blank about remaining the Falcons coach, or the secret weaseling he was fixing to do to Auburns coach. Guess we should be glad it all worked out like it did. The Falcons are definitely better off, and the rest of the SEC also.

Joe Schad

August 9th, 2012
2:28 pm

WTF

August 9th, 2012
2:31 pm

Karma kinda sneaks up on you and kicks you in the ass, huh, Bobby. And that’s an ass that needed to be kicked – and often.
That said, I hope he finds forgiveness in Heaven…soon.

Lowcountry Bulldawg

August 9th, 2012
2:33 pm

Love the questions Schad was giving him! “What where you thinking when you hired her for the football office?” Answer???? Well I was trying to keep my hot, young piece of you know what close enough for afternoon quickies Joe. I mean hell lets be real here! Couldn’t have happened to a nicer guy!

Volsderbilt Volunmoddores

August 9th, 2012
2:33 pm

Knukeeseville will do anything to win again. Lane using them as an 11 month stepping stone job did not teach them anything. They will try to hire him and get burned again.
They will get what they pay for.
It’s like a haircut at a strip mall with a coupon – $9.99, plus your dignity and wearing a hat for a few weeks.
All the mountain folk see is the $9.99.

GFF

August 9th, 2012
2:34 pm

JB

August 9th, 2012
2:34 pm

Biggest mistake Art Blank ever made with Falcons…..But I agree with the earlier guy. Was he wrong, yes, but did he have a hell to live at home? We will never know….Or the woman could be a loving saint. I know the guy can coach college football…………and if Lane Kiffin got another big job, Bobby will also.
And they ought to let Pete Rose in the hall….geez, come on.

JB

August 9th, 2012
2:37 pm

If he gets divorced and lays low and behaves, he could be roaming the sidelines in Knoxville in 2013. Don’t bet against it.