Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Petrino loses recruit

You have wonder if things like this are going to be a theme between now and Signing Day. Junior Okpara, a DB from TX, has switched his commitment from Arkansas to Boston College of all places and cites Petrino's gypsy tendencies as his reasoning.

"The problem with Arkansas was the reputation of Coach [Bobby ] Petrino leaving during the season," Okpara said. "And not staying there and his name not being highly thought of like when he was at Louisville. I didn't want to play ball for a coach that had a reputation like that. That kind of drove me away from Arkansas."

It will be interesting to see how this plays out for the remainder of the recruiting season. Many kids will ignore Petrino's nomadic past and only see the winning % and the offensive numbers. Others, like Okpara, will be somewhat hesitant to commit to a guy who seems unable to return that commitment.


Anonymous said...

"It will be interesting to see how this plays out for the remainder of..." ...Okpara's career at BC. I have no idea who the head coach is at BC but let's see if he is still coaching there by the time Okpara finishes his junior year.

Who knows but it would be great if when the coach does leave if someone could remind Okpara of his recent quote.

Dead Guy said...

I'm not sure what point you're trying to make. BC's coach - Jagodzinski - just took the job when O'Brien went to NC State. He just signed a 5-year extension not long ago as well. He very well could leave BC in the wake, but he doesn't have the track record of it like Petrino does.

I understand that in some cases, circumstances arise that you gotta look out for #1 and move on. But neither you, nor anyone, can make rational argument that has had those circumstances come up in his previous 12 jobs since 1986.