It must have come as a real shocker to Arkansas AD Jeff Long and Razorback fans everywhere when Bobby Petrino turned out to be a scum bag. I mean...Long must've thought Petrino was full of integrity after he hired him away from the Falcons (without asking permission to talk to him first) and had the coach slip out of Atlanta with three games left in the regular season without saying a word to his players. Yeah, big surprise.
Petrino is out as coach at Arkansas now after his infamous motorcycle wreck (although the rumor mill is swirling with stories that the bike accident was a cover up for him having gotten his ass kicked by his home-wrecker mistress's husband. Think about it...why wasn't she hurt in this wreck? Did she jump off the bike while it was going down and land on her feet?), leaving a VERY late in the game coaching vacancy at a high-profile program that has lost just five games in the past two seasons.
As is the case with just about any high-profile job opening, Gary Patterson's name has been tossed into the ring by the media. Travis Haney, a blogger from ESPN, buys into the idea of GP bolting Fort Worth for Fayetteville because "TCU is embroiled in an uncomfortable drug scandal" (that he's dealt with, Travis) and because "the move to the Big 12 makes winning all the more difficult". Saying that implies that Patterson is afraid of competition, which he isn't- and the lapse in logic is only compounded by stating that a move to the SEC would be the solution. I'm guessing Haney was about as good for his high school's debate team as Skip Bayless was for his high school basketball team.
I have to chuckle, time after time, when Patterson's name pops up on these lists for supposedly "better" jobs. All of those ill-informed fans that think football programs are elite based on the number of fans in the stands will go on and on and on about how "TCU sucks" and that "they couldn't do anything in a real conference"...until they get their hopes up in regard to hiring Patterson as their new coach. Then it's all about the incredible work he's done to turn TCU into an elite national program and how he's a defensive genius and an underrated recruiter...until he tells them no. Then it's back to ignorantly dismissing the masterful job Patterson and the entire TCU program have done.
While the rest of the country slowly comes to terms with the fact that TCU is indeed a force to be reckoned with on the football field, they will also need to come to terms with the fact that Patterson isn't going anywhere. He and his wife love it here, and he's been granted everything he's asked for- a salary that puts him on par with the other elite coaches in the country, an administration that not only buys into but shares his dreams for the future and a sparkling new stadium that will some day bear his name. He is doing what the most legendary of coaches have done by turning a moribund program into a powerhouse. He is, without a doubt, the King of Fort Worth- and he's not about to give that up.
So thank you, Arkansas, for thinking of us when drafting your invitation list to the late-season coaching carousel. We'll graciously decline. Rather than trying to stir up some drama somewhere else, you all should just hire Butch Davis like we all know you're going to and we can all root against Petrino when he takes the Saints' interim job.