Falcons head coach Bobby Petrino resigned abruptly yesterday to return to the college ranks and coach Arkansas. Former Arkansas coach Houston Nutt had departed for Ole Miss to take the place of the fired Ed Orgeron, who in my mind is the new front-runner for the Falcons job. It would just be nice and tidy that way.
Petrino enjoyed remarkable success during his four years at Louisville before jumping ship and taking the reins of the Falcons, signing a five-year, $24M contract. His main task as coach was to be the first man to make Michael Vick run a consistent, productive offense, but… well, we all know how that ended.
At $2.85M a year, his new Arkansas contract will be a substantial pay cut; however, he'll be saved the public embarrassment of losing most of his games in a pretty awful NFL division and insisting that Warrick Dunn deserves more carries than Jerious Norwood. I'm obviously not a highly-coveted football coach, but I'd probably give more touches to the guy averaging six yards a carry than the guy averaging two. Jeriously.
EDSBS: Petrino’s a great hire, a very good coach, and a terrible bet for the long run because he is to coaching slots what Ted Turner is to monogamy. In a perfect world, he really would coach several teams at once via video-conferencing and XBox style playcalling with a stingray-shaped controller.