Fans of the University of Louisville are not happy campers and their displesaure has nothing to do with the lingering shock of blowing a double-digit lead losing to rival Kentucky in basketball earlier this year.
The "Cardinal Nation" is upset at football coach Bobby Petrino because he dared to interview with the "powers that be" about taking over at LSU as its head football coach.
Petrino had his little chat with the good folks at LSU even before the ink on his new million-dollar contract at Louisville had a chance to dry.
After signing his new deal, Petrino talked up his love for the University of Louisville, his excitment about the team's upcoming Liberty Bowl game against Boise State.
By all accounts, it was a real "Bobby Petrino Love Fest" for the coach and his fans.
In some ways that's surprising. Last year Petrino also stabbed his Louisville supporters in the back when he secretly met with powerful members of the Auburn community about taking over as that university's football coach.
That turned out to be a black eye for both sides. Now, it looks as if Tommy Tuberville is going to have the last laugh. The Auburn coach who some wanted to get rid of is on the verge of leading his Auburn troops to an undefeated season.
All this proves a couple of things--college football is a great game, but loyalty no longer exist.
Big-time contracts don't assure coaches are going to be at one school for the long haul.
Thanks to fancy lingo written into contracts and inspect closley by lawyers and agents, contracts are no longer binding. Buy-outs clauses often allow coaches to high-tail to other jobs.
Of course the lack of loyalty is a two-way street.
College adminstrators are just as guilty. They fire men like former Notre Dame coach Ty Willingham and former Florida coach Ron Zook because their programs aren't moving in the "right direction."
Willingham and Zook have already landed on their feet as head coaches at new schools. Those fired coaches who don't quickly secure new jobs are often financial set anyway once their former bosses pay them to go away.
The sad thing about the Bobby Petrino situation is the timing. Petrino should have never said he planned on being at Louisville for years to come. Those remarks opened up a can of worms.
College football fans can't expect one man to spend his entire career at one school.
The Joe Paterno and Bobby Bowden era is dying fast.
Truthful, it isn't surprising Petrino's name has come up for other coaching jobs. He has a great offensive mind, and he turned Louisville of all places into a Top-10 team.
When LSU comes calling, a coach has to listen. It's a school with lots of resources and playing in the SEC gives it some clout. They have a tremendous fan base and are able to recruited some of the nation's best high school football players, let alone right in their own backyard.
Although coaching the Tigers puts that coach and candidate into a pressure cooker, simply put, LSU is a better job in the long run than Louisville. I
For all the great things Petrino has done, the football coach and his team at Louisville will always play second fiddle to Rick Pitino and the basketball team.
I don't think Petrino is going anywhere, but his name is going to continue to surface when other jobs come up as long as he has success with the Cardinals.
After all it's part just part of the business, and let's face it, college football is a business.
A very big business.
(Doug Gorman is sports editor of the Daily. His column runs on Thursday. He can be e-mailed at email@example.com )