In recent days we've heard many former Cardinal players and a very vocal group of Louisville fans clamoring for the return of Bobby Petrino. There was even a sign made and hung prominently at the entrance of the Student Activities Center.
With all the debating over Petrino's history with Louisville and the merits of his off-the-field and on-the-field personas, there's been one question nobody has bothered ask: Are we sure Petrino even wants to come back to Louisville?
According to his father, the answer is a resounding yes.
"He told me this weekend he would like the opportunity to coach at Louisville again," Bob Sr. said by telephone on Monday. "He said that he's been everywhere, the NFL and everywhere else, and he said probably the biggest mistake he'd ever made as a coach was leaving Louisville."
Can we get something just a bit more conclusive?
"I know Tom Jurich pretty well, and he's a good man," Bob Sr. said. "He works very hard. I just hope he can forgive my son.""I don't think there's any other place in the world where (Bobby) can do the things he can do in Louisville," Bob Sr. said. "I don't think there's any question, if he was offered this job, he'd take it."
That'll do it.
But what about all the off-the-field stuff?
"You know, Bobby's a good football coach," Bob Petrino Sr. said. "He did something wrong and I told him it was wrong, but I don't think a person should be crucified for one mistake in their life, either.
"He's never been fired for his coaching. I just hope he gets another chance."
As of Monday night, Western Kentucky had not been formally contacted by anyone at U of L about Petrino. We'll see if that changes in the coming days.