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Auburn, Southern Miss. open to hiring Bobby Petrino

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12:08 PM ET 12.02 | The images are indelible. A road-rashed face. The neck brace. The mistress. The results are undeniable. Two BCS bowl victories. Three Top 10 finishes. A 75-26 overall record. Bobby Petrino can coach and recruit, that much is certain. He can also burn a bridge or two. There are 10 FBS-level coaching vacancies and Petrino -- because of the reputation that precedes him -- might have a realistic chance at only two of them. It appears that only Auburn and Southern Miss may be willing to roll the dice on a reclamation project, hoping another chance will be enough to keep Petrino on his best behavior. Jay G. Tate covers Auburn football for AuburnSports.com and said that Petrino will be interviewed for the job after the administration has turned over every other stone.

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December 2, 2012  12:11 PM ET

What are the odds? For Auburn? For So. Miss?

December 2, 2012  12:12 PM ET

Desperate AD's do desperate things.

December 2, 2012  12:14 PM ET

What if Petrino reaches verbal agreement with So.Miss. while Auburn is accumulating no-thank-yous from every prospect they covet. Then, with no ink dry on a So.Miss. contract, BP takes the Auburn gig, leaving So.Miss. flapping in the breeze. Now, what are the odds of this happening?

December 2, 2012  12:18 PM ET
QUOTE(#3):

What if Petrino reaches verbal agreement with So.Miss. while Auburn is accumulating no-thank-yous from every prospect they covet. Then, with no ink dry on a So.Miss. contract, BP takes the Auburn gig, leaving So.Miss. flapping in the breeze. Now, what are the odds of this happening?

I would say it could very well play out that way.

December 2, 2012  12:38 PM ET

IMO, I think Petrino is carrying too much luggage and I believe that the NCAA is not done investigating Auburn.

December 2, 2012  12:40 PM ET

I suspect that there will be more than these two schools willing to I interview Petrino.

December 2, 2012  12:59 PM ET
QUOTE(#5):

IMO, I think Petrino is carrying too much luggage and I believe that the NCAA is not done investigating Auburn.

Sounds like a good fit. Both parties know they can't do any better.

December 2, 2012  01:06 PM ET
QUOTE(#7):

Sounds like a good fit. Both parties know they can't do any better.

It's really hard for me to imagine that, there isn't a better coach out there, than Petrino for Auburn!!!!

December 2, 2012  01:21 PM ET

Ok, here's the list of teams looking for a HC that do NOT have Petrino on their list:

Arkansas.

December 2, 2012  01:26 PM ET
QUOTE(#9):

Arkansas.

and right now everybody at Arkansas is taking a very sober second look at their stupid decision to get rid of him for p.r. reasons. Ok, his affair should not have been an issue, and the nepotism should have been dealt with by giving some token punishment and putting measures in place to pretend that this type of thing could never happen again (because, you know, nobody else in college sports would ever do something like that)

You're Arkansas, what the hell do you do other than football? You had a solid coach that made your team relevant. Granted, he messed up, but you shouldn't have thrown him under the bus.

December 2, 2012  01:28 PM ET
QUOTE(#5):

IMO, I think Petrino is carrying too much luggage and I believe that the NCAA is not done investigating Auburn.

he wins football games.

December 2, 2012  01:38 PM ET
QUOTE(#10):

and right now everybody at Arkansas is taking a very sober second look at their stupid decision to get rid of him for p.r. reasons. Ok, his affair should not have been an issue, and the nepotism should have been dealt with by giving some token punishment and putting measures in place to pretend that this type of thing could never happen again (because, you know, nobody else in college sports would ever do something like that)You're Arkansas, what the hell do you do other than football? You had a solid coach that made your team relevant. Granted, he messed up, but you shouldn't have thrown him under the bus.

Petrino had to be fired to prevent a major lawsuit. His girlfriend was hired because she was his girlfriend and everyone who applied for that "paying" position she had would have filed suit if he remained employed.

December 2, 2012  01:40 PM ET

I think Purdue should hire this guy if they want to gain traction in the BIG 16.

December 2, 2012  01:40 PM ET
QUOTE(#11):

he wins football games.

Winning=more tickets sold=mo money for the school.

December 2, 2012  01:52 PM ET
QUOTE(#7):

Sounds like a good fit. Both parties know they can't do any better.

good point

December 2, 2012  01:53 PM ET
QUOTE(#13):

BIG 16 ???

Don't hold back FAMU inquiring minds want to know.

December 2, 2012  02:05 PM ET
QUOTE(#11):

he wins football games.

So do quite a few other college football coaches!!!

December 2, 2012  02:05 PM ET
QUOTE(#16):

Don't hold back FAMU inquiring minds want to know.

I meant BIG 1G even though it's the BIG 10 but really BIG 14. Damn this is confusing.

December 2, 2012  02:07 PM ET
QUOTE(#17):

So do quite a few other college football coaches!!!

The guy who coached Fresno State, Pat Hill did a good job. Why can't he get recycled? Colorado, Cal, ect.

 
December 2, 2012  02:08 PM ET
QUOTE(#14):

Winning=more tickets sold=mo money for the school.

And more money for Petrino's girlfriend/girlfriends!!!!!!

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