Bobby Petrino’s father says his son is ‘interested’ in Kentucky, the school he once called ‘Slapdicks’

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As you all know, Bobby Petrino does not have a job. And according to The Courier-Journal’s Adam Himmelsbach who spoke to Petrino’s father, he wants a job. And he wants one bad.

So bad, that his father says that he is actually interested in the open Kentucky job that Joker Phillips was just thrown out of.

Now for the most part, the Kentucky football program is one that pursues coaches, not the other way around. But when a man’s father says he needs a job, he needs a job.

“I know he wants a job; he needs a job,” Petrino Sr. said by telephone Wednesday. “He told me, ‘I need a job, Dad.’ I said, ‘Well, you must still have some money. You made 31/2 million dollars.’ And he said, ‘Yeah, I do. It’s not the money.’ He just misses coaching so much.”

“I just know this, that he’s interested in Kentucky,” the father said. “He wants to stay in the SEC. That was his life’s goal was to go to the SEC.”

That’s all well and good until you begin to think about Petrino’s prior coaching jobs. Especially his tenure with the Louisville Cardinals. And it was during that tenure where he developed a healthy hatred for the team is supposedly interested in coaching.

Here’s just a taste of how Petrino felt about the Wildcats during his time at Louisville via Card Chronicle:

Coach Petrino’s second year, week 2, I am grabbing a package for him from UPS, and he wants it inside his office. I run it up, set it down, and turn to walk off and he says “wait, open it up.” So I turn and open the box and pull out a poster-sized frame with a picture of the Louisville-Kentucky scoreboard from the previous week. He had me hold it up, walk back to the wall, and then yelled for Paul Petrino to come into his office.

This thing was heavy and I am holding it up and waiting. Paul comes in and they stand at his desk where Bobby reads the score out loud: “Louisville 28, Slapdicks nothing. I f*&$ing love it, those little smurfs didn’t even score a point.” They looked at me and said, “that is what winners do, kick their ass.” He told me to set it down where he could look at it and as I was leaving he grabbed me and said “get used to it, we are going to kick their ass every year.”

Bobby Petrino’s record against UK: 4-0.

And another:

Coach Petrino absolutely hates UK.

His first game as head coach for UofL is against Kentucky and in Lexington in 2003. He is already not happy because the game has been delayed for an hour and a half because of rain. It was a back and forth game, but we pulled out ahead in the fourth quarter. We go on a long drive to end the game. We get to UK’s two yard line with I think about 6 seconds left. A timeout is called (I can’t remember which team called it.) UK thinks we are going to kneel it because we already had a lead. This doesn’t happen.

I worked up in the coach’s box with the headsets that year and I always set up a headset so I could listen to what Coach Petrino was saying. At this particular moment he tells Paul Petrino and the rest of the offensive coaches, “Let’s punch it in on these mother f——ers!!” Coach P calls a running play and Lionel Gates runs it in for a TD to end the game.

This whole thing should be fun.


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