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Your Take: Should Bobby Petrino stay or should he go?

Graham Watson
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Since news surfaced the Arkansas coach Bobby Petrino was with a female passenger at the time of his motorcycle accident on April 1, Petrino's position as the Razorbacks coach has been in limbo.

Arkansas athletic director Jeff Long said he would review all of the information and eventually make a decision about Petrino's future. Meanwhile, the entire ordeal has split both the Arkansas and national football community.

Should Petrino stay or should he go?

One side will tell you that having an "inappropriate relationship" with Jessica Dorrell is an embarrassment to Petrino, his family and the university. If Arkansas wants to maintain any shred of integrity, it should fire Petrino and show the country that it does have a moral compass.

The other side would say Petrino has pulled the Arkansas football program out of the darkness. It's had back-to-back double-digit win seasons and doesn't show any signs of slowing down. He's making millions for the university. Yes, he made a mistake, but people have made similar mistakes in the past and have been forgiven. Why can't Petrino be one of them?

On which side of the fence do you fall?

I imagine this is going to start a heated debate and that's good. This is a very touchy subject and does test how one views what's right for the program. I've said enough about this subject during the past few days. I think about the players and the recruits and the example that's being set. Coaches claim to be mentors and father figures. How would you feel if your son was learning from Petrino?

However, I'm not so naïve that I can't see the other side as well. Petrino has done wonders for Arkansas football. There's no denying that.

That's my take, so what's yours?

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