I know the Pravda view coming from the UL administration is that Bobby Petrino left a program that was doomed to collapse because of poor recruiting and a roster full of bad apples. You can think whatever you want about that. I believe it as much as the Communist headline, "Long Waits for Stale Bread - Good For Your Health!". One such "bad apple" that left the program after Saint Steve (SS) arrived is Anthony Allen. Everyone surely remembers this terrible kid. Military family, played as a true freshman (so grades were probably not an issue), holds the single game UL rushing record. He was such a bad kid that he had to transfer to an awful insitution of higher learning to continue his football career (Georgia Tech).
I dont follow the Yellow Jackets but I did run across Anthony's stat lines for his first season with them.
32 carries for 367 yards and 3 TDS. 4 recs for 81 yards and another TD. The 367 is bloated a bit by an 82 yard TD run but even without, the average is still 9+ per carry. I dont know why he isnt getting more touches. Maybe Saint Steve's cousin is their offensive coordinator.
The one thing the Cards have going for them is that we have a surplus of talent at tailback (and Tronzo isnt a bad fullback either). With Coach Petrino, the offense was balanced and tailored to match the talent. With Saint Steve, who knows what you will get each week. I suspect the next "bad apple" to leave will be Darius Ashley. Lets just hope he doesnt end up another stat stuffing RB that we wish we had in our backfield.