Bobby Petrino is one of the best coaches in college football but his past marital transgressions have left some to say if he can lie and cheat on his wife, what’s to stop him from doing it on the football field? And I could not disagree more.
On this week’s episode of ‘The Breakaway,’ the cohosts of Helmets and Heels got into a heated debate over morality and it’s relationship with sports. The argument centers around Louisville head coach Bobby Petrino and the trouble during his tenure at Arkansas when his mistress was hired onto the staff.
Petrino was caught after the infamous scooter accident and was subsequently fired from Arkansas. But has since been hired on at Western Kentucky before Louisville hired Petrino back in 2014.
2016 Heisman front-runner Lamar Jackson chose the University of Louisville because of Petrino’s quarterback development skills and now both the coach and quarterback are experiencing the best season in school history. It’s because of Petrino’s success after his public transgression that has many to think about if an SEC school (*cough* LSU *cough* Auburn) will begin the process of trying to court Petrino to help their struggling football teams.
But should these schools resist calling because of Petrino’s past affair? Two of my cohosts believe lying and cheating on your wife will lead to someone lie and cheat at football.
And I could not disagree more. As long as your talent exceeds your baggage and your transgressions aren’t illegal, morality shouldn’t play a role in head coaching decisions. After all, every relationship is different and it’s a fine line to walk when you play the moral police.
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