When the grass is cut, the snakes will show.
Unfortunately for former Arkansas Razorbacks Head Coach Bobby Petrino, his recent motorcycle accident mowed down any protection his coaching success provided and exposed him as a lying snake.
According to ESPN.com, the 51-year-old head coach and married father of four was fired Tuesday afternoon after his accident helped uncover a slew of transgressions, including his unfair hire of his 25-year-old mistress, and the intentional lying to his boss about their relationship and her presence at the accident.
"In short, Coach Petrino engaged in a pattern of misleading and manipulative behavior designed to deceive me and members of the athletic staff, both before and after the motorcycle accident," Arkansas Athletic Director Jeff Long said at a press conference on Tuesday.
Although many Arkansas fans might struggle to come to terms with the decision to fire the coach that brought their team so much success, Petrino has had a pattern of dishonest behavior and Razorback fans will realize they are better off without him.
According to ESPN.com, in 2003, during his first season as a head coach at Louisville, Petrino secretly met with Auburn officials about replacing Tommy Tuberville as the Tigers'coach.
Petrino initially denied that a meeting ever took place, but when confronted with flight records that proved the meeting happened, Petrino eventually admitted it, saying, “I’m a young coach. I made a mistake."
While everyone is entitled to pull the “young and dumb” card once in their lifetime, Petrino got older and his actions remained dumb.
In January of 2007, Petrino agreed to a five-year, $24 million contract to become the head coach of the Atlanta Falcons.
As you may remember, this was just before franchise quarterback Michael Vick was busted for his dog fighting operation and sentenced to 23-months in prison.
The Falcons inevitably stumbled out to a dismal 3-10 start as both Petrino and the players had a difficult time adjusting to one another.
Things seemed like they couldn’t get any worse for Atlanta, but they did.
With three games left in the season, Petrino inexplicably abandoned the team to become the head coach of the Arkansas Razorbacks.
This was only one day after Petrino met with team owner Arthur Blank about locker room problems and said, “You have a head coach.”
Petrino didn’t even have the decency to inform his players, assistants or ownership of his resignation. He instead cowardly left a note in each of the player’s lockers and disappeared in the middle of the night to Arkansas.
Now five years later, the man that abandoned the Falcons in the midst of turmoil to fittingly become a “hog,” is getting a dose of his own medicine.
The Razorbacks informed Petrino of his dismissal Tuesday via letter, which just has to make Atlanta fans everywhere crack a smile.
Petrino learned the hard way that his success as a football coach does not excuse manipulative and deceptive behavior. He can no longer abuse his authority and to lie to his superiors and hide behind his wins and losses.
I commend the University of Arkansas for taking a stand and sending a message that nobody is bigger than the team or university.
Although I don’t know Petrino personally, my dad always told me, “If it looks like a snake, smells like a snake, and moves like a snake, it’s probably a snake.”