Roddy White was the leading receiver on Bobby Petrino’s 2007 Atlanta Falcons… well, the Atlanta Falcons that were Bobby Petrino’s for 13 games at least, before he quit the team midseason to take the open job at Arkansas after a 3-10 start. In 2007 you would be hard-pressed to find anyone associated with the Falcons organization saying nice things about Petrino, but over six years later it appears that some of those wounds have healed:
Louisville got a great coach today bobby will have them back in the bcs soon
— Roddy White (@roddywhiteTV) January 8, 2014
This is a total about-face for White, who was in shock when he found a four-sentence laminated note from Petrino in his locker on December 10, 2007. Back then he used words like “selfish” and called Petrino a quitter:
Obviously, White’s assertion is impossible seeing as the BCS has been retired as of Monday night, but he may not be far off in predicting Petrino’s effect on Louisville. For all of his baggage, he is an immensely successful college football coach. Petrino has a career 83-30 record, which includes a 41-9 mark during four years at Louisville. In terms of pure coaching ability, Tom Jurich struck gold. The question is: how long does Petrino stick around this time?
Current Louisville players seem to be with White on this hire too — several have tweeted their excitement about the news:
Im All In With Coach Petrino !
— YNG_Bam (@Keith_Brown1) January 8, 2014
— Eli Rogers (@Clutch_6) January 8, 2014