Coming to Rand Paul's back yard, we have Bobby Petrino coaching Western Kentucky. That's an interesting drop from coaching Arkansas this time a year ago to coaching a club fresh out of I-AA and heading to its first bowl game.
Petrino came first to national attention at Louisville, so this revisits those old haunts, just a couple of hours down I-65 in Bowling Green. Before we go getting the Scarlet Letter out for Petrino, recall another guy in Louisville who got caught with his pants down-Rick Pitino. Pitino lived to tell the tail after a crazy stretch where the other woman tried to blackmail him.
Instead of canning him, the Cardinal brass opted to stick with him; recruits might best ignore any advice on the exotic and erotic uses of restaurant tables, but they still seem to prize his basketball insight. As we go to press, Louisville is 8-1 and 6th ranked, in the hunt to compete for both a Big East title and a national title.
The Hilltoppers might be well-served to keep Petrino well away from the volleyball team and double-check any female staff he might hire, but he's got enough of a football mind to have Arkansas a game away from a national title slot and to have been hired by Atlanta to scheme for Michael Vick before Vick's life went to the dogs. He's slumming a bit coaching in the Sun Belt, but WKU managed to beat UK this year in football; slightly better recruiting and coaching might make that a regular occurrence.