Bobby Petrino (Louisville)
The images of Bobby Petrino on a motorcycle will be forever etched into the brains of SEC fans. However, as unfortunately as some of his personal decision were at Arkansas, the fact remains that he can flat-out coach.
Split between four seasons at Houston and five full years at Texas A&M, Kevin Sumlin holds a career winning percentage of 67.5 percent. That’s borderline elite. Petrino has won 71.9 percent of his games. That’s spread across 13 seasons of coaching experience which includes two stops at Louisville, the aforementioned Arkansas job and a brief stint at Western Kentucky.
Petrino has one losing season in his 13 year coaching career and his reached double-digit wins four times. He has a Heisman trophy winning quarterback in Lamar Jackson and has racked more than a few quality victories along the way.
While he might not check every box of the Aggie honor code, he can win football games. Texas A&M hired the “nice guy” when they opted to ink Kevin Sumlin in 2012. Perhaps it’s time that the administration looks at the on field product and makes the decision solely based on wins and losses.
Petrino has never coached at a school that is willing to commit to him and to the football program in the way that Texas A&M will be. The Aggies have better facilities, plenty of resources and are willing to make sure Petrino has no limitations when it comes to finding coaching success. The Aggies and Petrino are a fantastic fit.