I’ll have more to say on the firing of Bobby Petrino, but I’ll start by saying that I’m pleasantly surprised that Jeff Long showed he was an athletic director, not just an athletic supporter (to shamelessly steal a past line of Amir’s).
Then again, Long didn’t have much choice in the matter. Arkansas was staring right down the barrel of some hard-core litigation. When you’re the highest-paid public employee in the state, hiring your mistress is very bad juju… not to mention a sexual harassment suit (or two or three) in the making. Add to that lying about her being present when you wrecked your motorcycle, and effectively making the university complicit in your lie… and only coming clean when her name is about to be released in the police report.
Yes, regardless of wins and losses, and Petrino’s deserved reputation as one of the best offensive minds in football, Long absolutely did the right thing, even if it was the only thing he could do.