Bahn: Petrino Doing 'Awesome' Thing Offering Up Razorback Stadium for Boys and Girls Club

by Chris Bahn  on Thursday, Sep. 30, 2010 1:04 pm  

Arkansas football coach Bobby Petrino has arranged for the Fayetteville Boys and Girls Club to use Razorback Stadium for football games this weekend. (Photo by Mark Wagner)

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FAYETTEVILLE — Stop and think about the image you have of Bobby Petrino filed away in your head. If it’s built from what you see Saturday’s on TV or in person, then it probably includes visions of caps and choice words flying.

Petrino is the sort who never leaves any doubt that he’s in charge. He’s all football and fury and focus all the time, right?

Well …

Want to see the guy smile? Bring up kids — his kids, your kids, somebody else’s kids, maybe even Kidz Bop — and the scowl disappears, the furrowed brow relaxes.

So, it was no surprise to see Petrino grinning from ear to ear as he and I visited after practice Wednesday. The topic? Petrino arranging for Fayetteville’s Boys and Girls Club to use Reynolds Razorback Stadium for youth football games this weekend during the Razorbacks’ bye week.

Honestly, Petrino sounded like a kid when the subject came up. There was a 30-second stretch where he used the word “awesome” three times when describing what he thinks the experience will be like for a few hundred kids and parents this weekend.

“I think, as a young kid, you get to come and watch games in here, you watch it on TV, but to get to experience playing in Razorback Stadium is just an awesome thing,” Petrino said. “We tried to get it set up on the bye week where they could play as many games as they could. I’m glad it all worked out. I think it will be great, just for the memory of the parents and especially the young kids.”

Petrino can relate.

Of all the experiences Petrino had as an assistant and head coach in Louisville’s Cardinals Stadium — a place where he coached a top-10 team and established himself as a great college football mind — one of his fondest memories is getting to see his youngest son, Bobby, play youth football there. Petrino was an assistant at Louisville when the Cardinals allowed local youth football championship games inside the stadium and the younger Bobby Petrino was about 6 years old.

“I remember getting to walk out there and watch him play,” Petrino said. “The look in the kids’ eyes, the smile on the parents’ faces, it really felt good. It’s a feel-good deal.”

And it figures to be to an unforgettable experience for those participating in the Boys and Girls Club football program.

David Camp is overseeing his third football season with the club. There have been plenty of memories since he joined the Boys and Girl Club staff two-and-a-half years ago, but he’d be hard-pressed to come up with anything that would top using Reynolds Razorback Stadium on Saturday.



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