ESPN's Chris Mortensen and Pat Forde have confirmed that Bobby Petrino has accepted a 5-year $24 million deal to become the next head coach of the Atlanta Falcons. Petrino is telling his players of the news right now (9 p.m.).
Maybe I'll feel differently in a day, but right now this feels like a complete betrayal. True character comes out in these situations and perhaps the guy who has snuck around behind our backs multiple times like a soulless business man using his success to leverage a deal with a better comapany is who Bobby Petrino truly is.
I feel like a fool.
"I also wanted to make sure that everyone understood, I know I've said it, that this is where my family wants to be. This is where I want to be. I want everyone to really believe it." --Bobby Petrino
UPDATE (9:07): This damn near breaks your heart:
UPDATE (9:43): Jurich confirms and speaks:
UPDATE (10:33): Oscar Brohm speaks about how this affects his son's future:
"We have been talking about it this weekend but no decision was made," his father said last night. "We were hoping to make a decision early this week. But I’m just not sure now. I don’t know really what to expect about anything anymore."
Oscar Brohm, who also played quarterback at U of L, said it would be nice to know who the U of L coach was going to be before making a decision.
"Obviously, that is of great interest," he said. "It’s going to make for an interesting, probably stressful week for everybody."
UPDATE (11:30): Jurich says, "We're going to move quickly in hiring our next coach to keep our momentum going."
It's going to be Kragthorpe.