LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Not all fans are so welcoming of the Cards
new coach. Bobby Petrino acknowledged in
his news conference Thursday morning he's heard some of the negatives out
"It hurts when things are said about
you -- hurts the family like that," he said," but we'll get the fans
It's a high hurdle he'll have to leap
with some of the fans.
Their memories are long and so far,
what they've heard from the coach hasn't eased their worried Cardinal minds or
On Saturdays, when the Cards are
playing, Buffalo Wild Wings in the Highlands is filled with cheering fans.
Thursday, it wasn't a game on TV, but a drama as Petrino tried to make amends.
"I forgive him. I certainly do forgive
him," said Jared Whitfield.
He thinks Petrino's first run at UofL
is enough to overlook his more recent history.
"Petrino I feel really put us in the
national spotlight," Whitfield said.
"He kind of stumbled around in his other jobs -- in Atlanta with
the Falcons and with Arkansas -- but hey, we had good memories with Petrino so
Others, like Brian Boston, aren't so
"There's really no
bounds where they'll go just to get the (win),"
Full disclosure: Boston is a UofL grad but he
has other loyalties
"I'm a UK fan," he
said, but added Petrino's hiring doesn't speak well of his alma mater.
"As an alum of the university,
it's kind of sketchy," he said. "I'm kind of embarrassed by it
because it shows that we want to win at all cost."
Cards fan Richard Stephens won't be at
the games to see those wins.
"I used to but I'm not going to until
he's gone which will probably be six months after he starts coaching,"
He believes Petrino lacks integrity
"I don't care about his
personal life. That's personal," Stephens said, "but he's bailed on
every program he's ever been associated with and I think the integrity of the
University of Louisville in general is diminished because of the choice."
Louisville student Alex Billharz said
it's possible the coach he enjoyed watching so much the first time around might
actually have turned over a new leaf. Now he just has to prove it.
"He does seem like he
could be a changed man but it's going to be one of those things where it's going
to take a little time for fans to actually warm up to it," said Billharz.
"It might take years."
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