Joe B. Hall Defends Bobby Petrino


The Kentucky Football coaching search has hit a week old now and it is questionable if we have really learned anything about the ins and outs of what is transpiring.

Most of the talk the last couple of days, especially in social media, has been whether Bobby Petrino is a good fit for Kentucky Football.

Every one knows he can win, but is it worth the trashing the morality of the program has been the theme of the possibility.

Larry Vaught has spoke to former Kentucky Basketball coach Joe B. Hall and he sheds some light on the questionable past of the former Arkansas coach.

But former UK basketball coach Joe Hall says there is another side to some of those stories. Hall’s son-in-law, Mike Summers, coached under Petrino before coming to Lexington three years ago to join Phillips’ staff.

“I know there is a lot of misinformation about Petrino and looking for other jobs when he was at Louisville, especially the situation at Auburn,” said Hall. “People were wanting to talk to him. He was not out chasing jobs and would not have left Louisville if he had not been approached about jobs. He was very loyal to Louisville. The AD (athletics director) and president at Auburn pressure him to meet with them. They flew up to southern Indiana to talk to him. He told them it was a waste of time but he had been at Auburn as offensive coordinator and respected those people. All he did was talk. Nothing else.”

What about leaving the Falcons the way he did?

“The situation was not him leaving team with three games to go. He went into management to bench a couple of starters that were causing problems and they told him he couldn’t do it,” Hall said. “He said was to have complete control but they said he couldn’t bench players they were paying big money. He told them then he would be not be back the next year and they said he was finished now. He was going to finish the year. He was not going to walk out. But they changed the locks on the door so he could not get back to the locker room. There was a lot more to that story.”

It is really interesting that Joe B would have this information and there is really no report of any of it ever happening by the Atlanta media, not to mention his own defensive coordinator bashing him to the media after he left. It is also interesting that Mike Summers used to coach with Petrino, who is Hall’s son-in-law, and will probably be looking for a job after the season.

Larry Vaught also says sources have said that Kentucky is now interested in the possibility of Petrino getting the job.

Sounds like the coaching search at Kentucky could really be getting interesting and even more interesting to see how the fan base continues to split on the possibility of Bobby Petrino being the next Kentucky Football coach.

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  • Kenneth

    The fan base will be fine as soon as Petrino wins a few games..

  • DoctorJNB

    I rarely disagree with Coach Hall, but I have to draw the line here. It is indeed incredible that his claims haven’t made it to the press – I hope that sportswriters check and verify or disprove them. Wonder how Joe feels about Petrino’s shenanigan’s at Arkansas which got him fired? Lying to the police, giving his “friend” preference in hiring, misusing funds to pay his “friend” a bonus, and being in an adulterous relationship don’t really speak well of his morals or honesty.

    • Gil Searcy

      I agree with you 100% We don’t need this piece of trash!!!

  • Guest

    Where do we go to say we don’t want Louisville’s used trash? I don’t care how good or bad a football coach Petrino is. He is a terrible human being, who I don’t want to have any connection to, we need a good coach who isn’t going to bring a bad reputation with him.

  • Joshua Allan Ware

    Where do we go to say we don’t want Louisville’s used trash? I don’t
    care how good or bad a football coach Petrino, I don’t want to have any connection between him and Kentucky, we need a good coach who isn’t going to bring a bad reputation with him.

  • Michael Phelps

    Bring on the Petrino era!

  • Greg Winberry

    Wait until Petrino has us in a BCS bowl game, and we have won the SEC east and see how much these people who are so hung up on morals care about morals then. If Mitch passes on this opportunity, then he should be fired too.

  • Thomas Goss

    The fact of the matter is that UK isn’t going to have “it’s choice” as to who it hires as its football coach. With Arkansas, Tennessee, and Auburn all looking for coaches at the end of the season and with these programs willing to shell out the cash to get the top tier coaches, UK better take the best coach it can possibly get. Who cares if it is “Louisville’s trash” or whatever. Petrino is a proven winner that has made some mistakes. I follow the Atlanta Falcons closely and I can tell you that team was a train wreck regardless. I don’t blame him for leaving that mess.

  • BearKiller1

    I say bring Petrino!!! We are hiring a coach not a minister!!

  • Robert Bobby Matthews Jr.

    Coach Hall is a Basketball coach. What does he know about coaching football in the SEC? Kentucky could get Vince Lombardi but it is still Kentucky Football in the SEC Conference that plays Alabama, LSU, Georgia, Florida. How about when Kentucky gets a new coach moving the football program to the Big East then maybe they could win some games against the same or mediocure talent teams.

    • Bret

      Once I read Big East I knew your comment was worthless. No matter who our coach is, what our team has accomplished, or if we just forfeit at halftime of every game, we should never ever join the Big East.

      Yes, when I play basketball against adults and lose I always go play against the elementary school kids to make myself feel better….


    Rember those old got pitno we do shirts that dirty bird fans used to sport wouldnt it be great if we could have got patreno we do

  • Joshua Allan Ware

    If I do something stupid, I expect to reap the consequences of my actions, by losing opportunities at jobs, or whatever. I don’t believe in overlooking peoples morals because they are a good coach, or a good manager. If he brings makes us look bad, it won’t matter if we win championships. I’d rather break in a new coach, than get stuck with Petrino.