Bobby Petrino has made a mess of things at Arkansas.
Do you know how much of a screwup you have to be to win big at a football-crazy school, steer clear of NCAA scandal and still lose your job?
That fate could befall Petrino, who would already be gone had his Razorbacks not gone 21-5 the last two seasons, the best two-year record in the Ozarks since Ken Hatfield went 20-4 in 1988-89.
Petrino is the poster child for brazen. Hiring your girlfriend for a job in the football program is bad enough, but when you're married and she's engaged, it's much worse.
Of course, ride a motorcycle without a helmet, and you're a thrill-seeker of some sort anyway.
When Petrino crashed his cycle with 25-year-old Jessica Dorrell aboard, a week after giving her a job in the program, he jeopardized his career.
Even success-starved fan bases — Petrino last season produced the Razorbacks' first top-five national finish in 33 years and the year before that produced the Hogs' first major bowl trip in 23 years — have their limits.
Getting away with stuff seems to be standard behavior with Petrino. To his credit, I suppose, that hasn't translated into NCAA investigations.
But lying to your boss, embarrassing your school, embarrassing your state, all of which Petrino accomplished last week, seem to be no less outrageous.
No one from Petrino's previous stops — Auburn, Louisville, the NFL Falcons — is too surprised. After all, while head coach at Louisville, Petrino interviewed for the Auburn job, even though the Auburn job wasn't open. He left the Falcons before their 2007 season was over, without telling his players.
Scruples are not a strong point for Petrino.
Petrino has compromised the integrity of Arkansas hiring practices and its chain of command. Universities long ago gave in on the incredulous salaries of football coaches (Petrino makes $3.6 million a year), but they haven't necessarily given in on the most basic requirements of behavior.
Still, that doesn't mean Petrino will be fired. Arkansas athletic director Jeff Long, formerly Joe Castiglione's lieutenant at OU, has a tough decision.
If Razorback football wasn't flying so high, it would be easy. So long, Petrino. But Razorback football is flying high.
Arkansas football is big business. Same as Oklahoma football. Nebraska football. Texas football. Alabama football. Big business and big money.
Long wants to fire Petrino. Of that there can be little doubt. A guy acts likes this, makes his athletic director look like a sap, and personal desires are clear.
But Long has to think about the program, too.
Like it or not, Petrino is a heck of a football coach. Elevated Louisville to an Orange Bowl victory. Has Arkansas back in the national spotlight.
Petrino is such a good coach, he keeps getting good jobs even though evidence grows that even river rats raise their eyebrows.
Rick Pitino survived a disgusting extramarital scandal as the Louisville basketball coach. Petrino might survive the same at Arkansas.
But if Petrino doesn't, he has no one to blame but himself.
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