Not For Everyone
Bobby Petrino steps into a position one other coach was weary of
Dec. 12, 2007
By Tom Hart
Special to CSTV.com
Tom Hart calls football play-by-play for CSTV and is a contributor to CSTV.com.
Late Tuesday night Bobby Petrino was introduced as the head coach of the Arkansas Razorbacks. It seems the two were made for each other. While the Pig Sooey crowd is ecstatic, the real winner is in
Just as Petrino seems to fit into the rabid Razorback scene, Jim Grobe is in the perfect spot at
Grobe was in the same situation with
In both instances, the men were rudely introduced to the passionate fan bases of these SEC schools. This same passion was evident late Tuesday when the entire room broke into a Hog call, but it was also there through ugly accusations and name calling over the last part of the Houston Nutt era. While some find all of the attention flattering I'm betting it rubbed the guys in Winston the wrong way.
In the old days scuttlebutt never left the tidy radius around the water cooler or barber shop, these days it shoots around the globe in the matter of time it takes to strike a key. If these fans (and administrators) acted like this on day one, how would they behave the rest of the time?
Fans packed a "press conference" late on a cold and foggy Tuesday evening in
There seem to be certain coaches and administrators that are perfect for that type of atmosphere - Nick Saban, Pete Carroll, and Steve Spurrier come to mind. Jim Grobe - just like his AD before him - seems to have decided that the shenanigans aren't worth it.
Up in Michigan they're having a hard time believing a "Michigan Man" would be happier on the bayou then in Maize and Blue. They should quit looking so far south and take a glance towards the
Many know about the success Kelly had at Grand Valley State - turning the program around and leading the Lakers to consecutive national championships. What few understand is just how hard it is to be a successful head coach at the Division II level. D-II coaches have the same challenges as many others, with a very important added twist.
Because of scholarship limitations, coaches work with a salary cap. Of course it's not called that - but it works the same way. Only a few of the best players - typically proven upper classmen or blue chip freshmen and transfers - are on full scholarships. The rest of the programs scholarship money is divvied up. Coaches must decide, perhaps based on spring practice, maybe on the stats from the previous season, how they are going to divide the money. That must be the easy part. The hard part is simple management and people skills (hey, maybe he could take Petrino's old job in
We've heard plenty of complaints about the BCS this year - and as much as I want to I won't add to it here. But in my mind, the biggest jokes of the post season will take place in