Okay, I am NOT a sports fan. Let me get that right out there. I claim no particular knowledge of the many factors surrounding the Petrino fiasco other than what I have seen on TV, read in the news, & heard on the radio. Here is my 2 cents anyway.
What any teacher, coach, politician, or basically anybody ANYWHERE does in their personal life or off time is immaterial to me. I don’t care. It doesn’t affect me. I don’t believe it has any effect on their fitness to perform their job, unless it actually DOES interfere with their performance.
Pertrino’s much hyped adultery may be reprehensible from the viewpoint of broken marriage vows and loss of trust within his family, but unless he is in charge of coaching/teaching marital fidelity I do not see what that has to do with his position as football coach.
I see a lot of noses in the air and sanctimonious eye rolling, judgments being passed and some very ugly words being used about the young woman in question & Mr. Petrino. Shame on you people. Many of the people I see and hear being the nastiest about this are self professed Christians. CONGRATULATIONS! Apparently your morality is superior to mine, because I don’t give a damn what the man did. He was a good coach, we did well with him in charge, now we can go back to losing streaks. I hope you people are happy. I’m not, because now I know I have to look forward to a lot more profanity from my husband when he watches the team stink up the field without Petrino.
If this is the standard the school wants to hold him to, I expect to hear in the next couple weeks that they are going through every department and getting rid of every other teacher in every other department that is found to be “immoral”. Yeah, I am sure they plan to hold every employee to the same stupid standards, because otherwise they would be HYPOCRITES, wouldn’t they? I’m sure they’ll get right on that………
Okay, as more information continues to spill out, I would like to add a codicil to my 2 cents. My former opinion as regards the egregious application of Mary-Lou-Better-Than-You morality still stands. No take-backsies on that. However, I do believe that if his conduct brought in the likelihood of sanctions or lawsuits, and involved misuse of authority, then the firing was absolutely a reasonable reaction on the part of his superiors. I still don’t give a damn what he did regarding his personal life, and I really don’t look forward to a season of WTF’s from my other half. I also still expect to see the equal treatment of any other university employee breaking rules, though. Otherwise, as I said before, they are hypocrites. There, I think my running total is up to somewhere around 73 cents.