It was ominous from the start. When Spirit jumped from his cage Saturday night and took a right out of the stadium, we should have known he was trying to tell us something.
Like a Bruce Springsteen song, he took a right turn and was never coming back – until fans screamed loud enough to make him reconsider. He knew better. Call it animal instinct, but even Spirit knew it was over for this Auburn team.
With Gene Chizik’s fate sealed following Auburn’s worst home loss in school history, talk will turn even more this week to Bobby Petrino. His name has dominated Auburn message boards for a month.
There’s no question, he’s a galvanizing figure and one hell of a football coach. There are few better offensive minds than the former Arkansas leader. With Auburn’s talent, he could compete in the SEC almost immediately.
Conventional wisdom says that despite never beating Nick Saban, he could win with Auburn’s resources. It would only be a matter of time before the Iron Bowl was competitive again.
In the SEC arms race, Petrino is the perfect weapon for Auburn.
Auburn is too good for Bobby Petrino.
There’s no reason to sell your soul to the devil for a few extra wins. I know many will disagree. I understand the importance of the football engine that makes things go at Auburn. And nobody enjoys beating LSU, Georgia and Alabama more than me.
Auburn is not perfect. Its flaws have been discussed publicly for years, like any other institution. Not all of the leaders that have walked through the door have been perfect. Last I checked there’s only been one perfect person to walk the earth.
Petrino is not a bad fit for Auburn because of his infamous motorcycle ride earlier this year in Fayetteville. He’s a bad fit because he’s had too many of these lapse of judgment moments.
Going behind the back of your friend who gave you a big career break, only to try and take his job on a runway in Kentucky is not right for Auburn.
Quitting on your team in mid-season and then not being man enough to stick around and tell your players why you are leaving – that is not the right person for Auburn.
A coach who puts a woman young enough to be his daughter on the university payroll and then parades her around campus on his motorcycle while having an intimate affair is not the kind of person you want at Auburn.
We all make mistakes. We’ve all had lapses in judgment.
Had only one of these things happened, then most people could probably move past it. When it seemingly happens every other year, you have to ask yourself why you would want this guy leading your football program.
For more than 100 years, Auburn has preached the importance of character to its students and alumni. The third paragraph of The Auburn Creed says, “I believe in honesty and truthfulness, without which I cannot win the respect and confidence of my fellow men.”
Hiring a guy with such a checkered past doesn’t feel right. Would you send your son to play for him? It would be a cold day in hell before I’d do it.
Seeing Petrino in orange and blue would be a hard thing to stomach for many fans. Others would welcome him with open arms.
As for me, I’ll pass on Mr. Petrino.
Many of you will disagree and that’s what makes the world go around. Let’s just hope it doesn’t splinter the program further.
That’s the last thing Auburn needs.
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