Bobby Petrino’s actions and the fallout from them

Arkansas coach Bobby Petrino

Sometimes we lose perspective on what is really important and I thought I would share this below.

Will Davis Jr. is a Christian pastor and here are his thoughts:

The Sad Case of Bobby Petrino

11 Apr

Bobby Petrino, the three-year football coach of the Arkansas Razorbacks, has been relieved of his duties. The dismissal followed a series of events in which Petrino wrecked his motorcycle and failed to tell the university that he had a 25-year-old female rider at the time of the accident. The former UA athlete was recently hired by Petrino and he has since admitted to having an inappropriate relationship with her. The university announced its decision yesterday.

The situation is tragic on multiple levels.

First, the Petrino family must deal with the fallout of a public scandal and subsequent firing, not to mention the damage Petrino has done to his marriage.

Second, Petrino must face the issues within himself that would lead him, a 51-year-old, very well-known figure, to engage in such irresponsible behavior.

Third, the 25-year-old woman must deal with the reputation of being the “other woman.”

Fourth, the student athletes at UA have lost their leader and must now deal with the duplicity of their former coach, friend and role model.

Each of these situations is quite tragic and deserves our prayers. But there’s one more that, at least in my mind, defies understanding. It’s the pressure placed on the university leaders to not fire Petrino. The reason? He won games. He made Arkansas a contender in the SEC, the toughest football conference in America. He brought pride to the program. Ticket sales were up, recruiting was up, and early odds-makers have Arkansas making a run at the national championship in 2013.

And to many, you just can’t fire a guy like that, no matter what his indiscretions may be. Too much is at stake.

That’s the saddest part for me in this whole story: that serious discussions went on between UA officials and big-time donors, boosters and alumni because so many were lobbying to keep the man, even though his reputation is shot.

Football is just a game. Or at least it used to be.

Friends, integrity is everything. No matter how successful you are–in business, sports, the entertainment industry–if you lose the value of your name, if you lose your family, if you don’t take care of what God has given you to manage, then you really don’t have anything.

The UA officials made the right call, and the school will benefit from it.

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Hi, My name is Will Davis Jr. I was born in Austin January 6, 1962 (you can do the math). I have been a serious follower of Christ since 1978 and have been in Christian ministry since 1980.

This is my lovely bride Susie.

I was married to Susie on June 1, 1985 (Susie was 6 at the time. It was an arranged marriage). Susie and I have three awesome kids—Will 3, Emily and Sara.

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