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No loyalty for Petrino

SPECIAL TO ESPN.COM

It is amazing whatever happened to truth and loyalty?

Think about it. Images of coaches across America are being damaged. People wonder if coaches just sit around and make up lies to explain why they are jumping ship for a different job.

What am I talking about? The same scenario when Nick Saban left the Miami Dolphins to go to Alabama. It was one lie after another. Then there was the action on Tuesday, just one night after coaching the Falcons on a nationally-televised Monday Night Football game. Bobby Petrino said bye-bye and took over at Arkansas.

Did you hear Falcons owner Arthur Blank during his Monday Night Football interview. Blank said the coach told him that he would be back. Oh really he was back less than 24 hours to clean out his office after just 13 regular-season games. To not even complete the season was something.

There he was late Tuesday night, yelling pig sooey at his new employer's press conference. Arkansas wrote out the check and the fans are happy there because he will win football games. He did that at Louisville, signed a 10-year deal and that did not last too long, did it? I am not so convinced he will dominate and win at Arkansas the way he did with the Cardinals because the SEC is a lot tougher.

Then again, he will likely pick up the pieces and run again. It is unbelievable.

Is there anything about loyalty and telling the truth these days? No, it is run, run, run.

What a great example! If I was a kid thinking about going to Arkansas, I'd think twice. It is a great state university and a super place to go, but can the coach and leader look you in the eye and say he will take care of you for four years.

Just check out the track record my friends!

Dick Vitale coached the Pistons and the University of Detroit before broadcasting ESPN's first college basketball game in December 1979. Send him a question for possible use on ESPNEWS.

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