After only 13 games as head coach of the Atlanta Falcons, much like his teams performance, Bobby Petrino phoned it in. His resignation, that is. No word on whether he actually talked to someone or, you know, just left a message. Although I imagine either way it was pretty awkward.
Less than 6 hours later* Petrino was announced as the new head coach for Arkansas. He signed on for 5 years at $2.85 million a season, which means, in case you were wondering just what a person might do to disavow themselves from the fiasco that is the Atlanta Falcons organization, it's take about a $2 million a season pay cut.
The short stay was Petrino's attempt to transition from the college football scene into the NFL. Injury, free agency, retirement, maybe even a suspension or two, these are the obstacles an organization is expected to deal with. But after his star quarterback was sentenced to 23 months on dog-fighting charges and his players seemed more interested in wardrobe attempts to free the said criminal, one can't really blame Petrino for packing it in early.
In Atlanta the Falcons have scheduled a press conference this afternoon where they are expected to announce just which lucky assistant coach will become the interm head coach for the remaining 3 games of the season.
*If I've done the whole time zone difference math thing right