Jimmy Johnson was a lot of things. He was an outstanding head coach of the Miami Hurricanes in college as he led them to multiple National Championships. He was a fantastic head coach of the Dallas Cowboys in the NFL in leading them to multiple Super Bowl championships. He failed to deliver with the Miami Dolphins, proving that he was only in it for the money and not doing much of anything in South Beach. He is now a decent analyst for FOX on their pregame show and during halftime.
But after his suggestion for the Arkansas Razorbacks football program, it is also clear what else Johnson is now.
I said it, and I’ll say it again. Johnson is an idiot. Here is a man who would appear to place winning above everything else, including morality, even though he proved he was not at all committed to winning with the Dolphins. That was all about the paychecks. But for Johnson to suggest that the Razorbacks hire back former disgraced head coach Bobby Petrino proves what Johnson really is in my opinion.
Like I said, he is an idiot.
For one idiot to suggest that a school who is trying to run a clean program and do things the right way bring back another idiot is, well, idiotic.
I respect Arkansas for what they did when they fired Petrino. I respected them a lot for that decision, and I highly doubt that they would ever even think twice about rehiring him to coach the Hogs. If that were to become true, I would lose all respect for them as a school and program going forward. I just don’t see that being the case.
But in case you missed it, here is what Johnson told Sirius XM radio.
“If they want an outstanding coach they ought to bring back Petrino or hire Butch Davis,” Johnson told Sirius XM. “And people say, ‘How in the world can you bring back Petrino?’ I said, ‘Listen, you forgave Bill Clinton.’ Forgive the man. Forgive the man for making a bad decision. Give him an opportunity to coach again? He wants to get back into coaching and he’s a great coach and he made a mistake. This whole country, it’s built on forgiving people and giving them second chances. And I think the fanbase would love to bring him back. But if they don’t bring him back? Butch Davis, give him an opportunity.”
An opportunity? Forgive? Second chance? How many chances do coaches such as Petrino and Davis deserve?
Sure, both are good college football coaches. Johnson is correct about that. We won’t talk about their coaching days in the NFL, or the scandals that came about under their watch in college, or the shame they brought to their programs. We eon’t talk about the many chances these coaches have received to do the right thing, only to show poor morals and ethics with each position
When is enough enough?
Apparently for Johnson, that time has still not quite yet come.
Arkansas did what many schools have been afraid to do in the past, which is not only take power away from a head college football coach with a major university, but they sent a message and removed the person altogether. For that, I admire and respect them.
For Johnson, while I already had little respect or admiration left for him, that was all completely lost when he suggested the Hogs hire back Petrino, who, in my mind, is a horrible, despicable excuse for a man.
Perhaps it takes one to know one.