Bahn: Petrino Apology To Razorbacks A Step Toward His Return To The Field

by Chris Bahn  on Wednesday, Jul. 18, 2012 4:15 pm  

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HOOVER, Ala. — Arkansas players no longer wonder if Bobby Petrino is remorseful.

Petrino has reached out to several Razorback team leaders to apologize for mistakes that cost him his job and threatened to jeopardize what the team hopes will be a national title run. He was fired in April after a motorcycle wreck led to revelations of an affair with a member of the Arkansas football staff.

Players and coaches have recently visited with Petrino, who reached out to them.

“He apologized,” running back Knile Davis said. “He said, ‘I’m sorry for everything that happened.’ … He was very humble. He was very hurt. I told him not to be so hard on himself. I told him, ‘You made a mistake. You’ll get back from it.’ ”

Getting that conversation with Petrino out of the way should help the players move on, quarterback Tyler Wilson said.

Wilson has talked to Petrino twice since the accident. In the immediate aftermath of the wreck Wilson said he wasn’t sure what he’d have to say if Petrino called.

Details of the conversation weren’t plentiful, but Wilson said last week was actually the second time he and Petrino have talked since April. Petrino came across as remorseful.

“There was a little closure there,” Wilson said.

Arkansas players are willing and ready to move on from the turmoil of the spring. They’ll likely face a few more inquires about their former coach throughout the season, but SEC Media Days figures to be the bulk of it.

Petrino, however, still has questions to answer. Outside of two statements since his firing, Petrino has not spoken publicly, but it isn’t a stretch to think he’ll do it soon.

Rehabbing his image is one of the many steps Petrino will need to take to get back into coaching. He seems to be getting closer to talking based on his recent interaction with players and an increasing willingness to be seen publicly.

Earlier this week — just in time for the start of media days, in fact — Petrino was photographed serving as a caddy for his daughter in Louisville. It isn’t unusual for Petrino to spend time on the golf course with Katie, but the occasion is notable because he hasn’t been photographed since an April 3 press conference.



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