Bobby Petrino Version 2.0

By Jason Sheehan –

The University of Louisville football team has found their next head coach and they did not have to look very far.  Tom Jurich announced the hiring of former Louisville head coach Bobby Petrino at Thursday’s press conference.  Petrino signed a 7 year contract worth 24.5 million dollars.  The most significant aspect of the contract is the 10 million dollar buyout over the first four years.

Social media, news media, radio, etc. was running rampant on Monday and Tuesday of this week of the possibility of Petrino coming back to Louisville for his second stint as head coach.  The rumors became a reality on Thursday.

The hiring of Petrino is seen as an extremely popular or equally unpopular decision.  He served as Louisville’s head coach from 2003 – 2006 and led the program to a 41 – 9 record and a BCS win in the 2006 Orange Bowl over Wake Forest.

Petrino is known as an offensive genius which excited the Louisville fans during his first run with the Cardinals.  His offenses at Louisville were regularly ranked in the top of the country in yardage and scoring.  His 2004 team went 11 – 1 and had seven games in which they scored more than 50 points including five straight towards the end of the season.

Unfortunately, Petrino brings a great deal of baggage with him.  Louisville fans are all too familiar with this baggage.  Less than a week after the Cardinals defeated Wake Forest in the 2006 Orange Bowl Petrino accepted the head coaching position with the NFL’s Atlanta Falcons.  He was given a five year contract worth 24 million dollars.  Making matters worse for Louisville fans was that in July of 2006 he had signed a 10 year contract worth 25.6 million dollars to remain the head coach at Louisville.

Louisville fans had to deal with his constant flirtations with the next big job.  He secretly interviewed for the Auburn job after only one season at Louisville.  There were also secret meetings with LSU as well.  He said all the right things to the media, but seemed to have door open any time a job came up.

He left the Atlanta Falcons after coaching only 13 games during his only season and accepted the coaching position at Arkansas.  He was heavily criticized by a number of Atlanta’s players for leaving in the middle of the season.

Petrino was 34 – 17 with the Razorbacks.  However, his record at Arkansas is certainly not what he is remembered for.  He is best known for the infamous motorcycle accident.  He initially said he was alone, but later the police report showed he was riding with Jessica Dorrell, student-athlete development coordinator for the football program.  It was later revealed he was carrying on an adulterous relationship with Dorrell which led to his firing.

It is now on to Bobby Petrino 2.0.  What will it bring to the football Program?  Can they keep the momentum going from the Charlie Strong era?  Will he make this a destination job?  Is he really a changed man?  These questions and more are left to ponder as Petrino begins his second run.

Petrino stood at the podium with his wife and children sitting to the side of him in front of a packed house of media members.  Most of the questions were about trust, loyalty, and attitude.  He told the audience “I want everybody to know this is my destination job…this is our home.”  He admitted that leaving Louisville the first time was his “first mistake”.

There will be plenty of skepticism not only among outsiders, but the Louisville fans themselves due to Petrino’s checkered past.  Petrino was asked how we will know he is a changed man.  He simply responded by saying, “Our motto will be show me.”

Tom Jurich has taken a lot of heat for his hiring of Petrino.  Many people are thinking with this hire he only cares about winning.  Jurich spoke about the nine hour interview with Petrino.  Jurich spoke with Petrino’s wife about who the new Bobby Petrino is.  He even spoke with the Atlantic Coast Conference commissioner John Swofford about hiring Petrino.

Tom Jurich is widely regarded as the best Athletic Director in the country by many people.  He is certainly gambling with the hiring of Petrino.  He put it best when he said, “I would never put this school in harm’s way.”

Jurich wanted a coach that would continue the “upward trajectory” of the Louisville football program.  Not one person will doubt the coaching ability of Petrino.  There is no question he was the most qualified candidate out of those interviewed and the one to keep this program on the rise.

I have heard others say the following about Petrino: ‘once a liar always a liar’ and ‘once a cheater always a cheater’.  Petrino certainly has done nothing in his past to disprove these statements.  However, in hearing these statements implies that Petrino cannot change from his previous ways.  Maybe he will or maybe he won’t.  Who are we to judge Bobby Petrino?

Petrino’s past will never be forgotten.  It is already written.  Bobby Petrino 2.0 can distance himself from his past mistakes by now doing all the right things as he spoke today.  Yes, winning is a cure for many things, but doing it the right with honor and integrity is the real key.  Only time will tell if we will indeed see the new Bobby Petrino.

People You Just Can't Stand

“Never waste a minute of your precious life by squandering it thinking about people you don’t like” ~ Alex Tan

 

Did you ever notice how much time people can spend talking about people they do not like? They will recount every detail of what the person has said or done.  They will repeat things that others have said about that person. They will go over the same stories, comments or opinions time and time again.

 

What purpose does this serve? Theoretically it allows the person to vent and perhaps feel better.  They may well vent, but probably do not feel any better after venting. It is likely they feel worse.

 

Why is this? If you think about it, humans turn away from most things they find distasteful. We will cover our ears if there is an irritating sound, turn away from something visually disturbing, or hold our noses when there is a bad smell. We simply do not want to dwell in unpleasantness.

 

Yet, when it comes to having a “hate on” for someone, humans will absolutely immerse themselves in all of the disturbing and anger- provoking details. When we are angry or upset, the body produces stress hormones and toxic chemicals. The immune system is suppressed for six to eight hours afterwards.

 

This is bad enough to put our bodies through this while we are in the actual situation. However, people often replay the episode over and over to whomever will listen, for days, months, even years after the event. Every time they replay it, even if only in their minds, the effect on the body is the same as when the event actually happened.

 

Our survival instincts cause us to back away from toxic substances. We do not stand behind a vehicle breathing the exhaust. We do not rush to view the scene of an accident where there has been a toxic spill. We try to avoid getting the flu, and may have carbon monoxide detectors in our homes.

 

We must now realize that a toxic state can be created in our own bodies by the way we think, and what we choose to focus on. We need to be more aware of our personal “ecology,” and to understand as well that when we are venting our “toxic spill” it not only negatively affects us, but also those in whose presence we are venting.

 

 

Gwen Randall-Young is an author and award-winning Psychotherapist.  For permission to reprint this article, or to obtain books or cds, visit www.gwen.ca

Cats Rally, Win SEC Opener

By: Tyrus York –

It wasn’t as easy as many would thought but in the end the #14/16 Kentucky Wildcats were able to handle the Mississippi State Bulldogs, winning their Southeastern Conference opener 85-63 in front of a nearly sold out crowd at Rupp Arena on Wednesday.

The Bulldogs stole the show in the first half, building a 10 point lead a little more than 4 minutes in the game.  In fact it took Kentucky that long to get their first field goal when finally Dominique Hawkins broke the drought with a jumper to get things going after the first media timeout.

Hawkins proved once again that he is instant energy.  Energy that is contagious around his teammates whenever he’s on the floor.

After 13 days without a game, the Cats came in looking rusty.  It took Hawkins to get things going, but when the energy level picked up, James Young took over.

Young was unstoppable in several facets of this game, filling up the stat sheet with game high 26 points, 10 rebounds, and 5 assists.  His 26 points were despite the fact that he was only 3-10 from the 3 point line.

James Young leads UK - Photo by East KY Media
James Young leads UK – Photo by East KY Media

Down 40-37 at the half, Kentucky clamped down the Bulldogs on the defensive end, asserting their power in the paint and limiting them to only 23 points in the second half.  Meanwhile the Kentucky bigs were just too much to handle.

Willie Cauley-Stein would contribute 12 points having another very good game with several key baskets that would swing the momentum, but it was his teammate Alex Poythress that dazzled with incredible dunks to get 12 points of his own, somewhat sealing the deal for the Cats down the stretch.

Dakari Johnson was also an impact in this game scoring 8 points on 4-4 shooting in only 8 minutes of action.

At the end of the game the interior was simply too much for Mississippi State to handle.  Kentucky out-rebounded the Bulldogs 44-28, led by the effort of Julius Randle who grabbed 14 rebounds on his own.

Randle managed only 8 points in this game, and seemed very ineffective at times on the offensive and occasionally the defensive end.  I believe the size and speed of SEC big men will be an adjustment for Randle, but one cannot question his intensity because anytime you get 14 rebounds you must be working your tail off.

Kentucky will be baptized by fire in their next two games, as they go to two of the toughest venues for a young team in the conference at Vanderbilt and Arkansas.  The Vandy game will tip at 3:30 pm on Saturday.

UK PREGAME VIDEO

UK vs Mississippi State Half time report

The Mississippi State Bulldogs came into Rupp Arena this evening and have given all the Cats they can handle and some, leading 34-31 at the half.

The officiating seems to have taken a turn for the worse over the last few minutes of the half with questionable calls to say the least, but Kentucky simply hasn’t matched the intensity of the Bulldogs so far.

Camp Cal clearly took its toll on the Cats early in this game as it would take over 4 minutes for the Kentucky to get a field goal against the Bulldogs.

Dominique Hawkins broke the ice with a jumper with 15:08 showing on the clock in the first half.  Trailing by as many as 10 points, Kentucky rallied with some strong play by James Young, who has game highs of 15 points and 9 rebounds.

Coach Cal warned they may be a little rusty coming into this game and boy was he right.  Let’s see if they can turn up the heat in the second half.  Go Cats!

BSC To Name MVP of UK/UofL Game

4th annual award to be handed out Saturday
 
     The Bluegrass Sports Commission today announced that it will once again award the MVP trophy to a deserving student-athlete in the upcoming men’s basketball game between the University of Kentucky and the University of Louisville.
     Saturday will mark the 4th year of the award, presented annually to the student-athlete that most stands

2012 Winner Russ Smith

out in the celebrated rivalry game.

     “The UK/Louisville game is one of the greatest atmosphere’s in all of sports,” stated Terry Johnson, Executive Director of the Bluegrass Sports Commission. “We are excited to honor an individual that rises to the occasion when the whole country has its eyes on the Commonwealth.”
Previous winners of the award, include:
  • Josh Harrellson (UK, 2010)
  • Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (UK, 2011)
  • Russ Smith (UofL, 2012)

General Conway Announces Indictment of Man Facing Child Porn Charge

FRANKFORT, Ky. (December 23, 2013) – Attorney General Jack Conway and his Cybercrimes Branch today announced that a Rowan County grand jury has indicted a man on multiple counts of possessing child pornography. On Dec. 20, the grand jury indicted 32-year-old Travis Lee on 12 counts of possession of matter portraying a sexual performance by a minor.

 

On Sept. 6, a search warrant was executed at Lee’s Morehead, Ky. home following an investigation that began in August by General Conway’s Cybercrimes investigators. A forensic exam on Lee’s computer discovered more than 2,800 images depicting the sexual abuse of children.

 

Possession of matter portraying a sexual performance by a minor is a Class D felony. Each count is punishable by one to five years in prison.

 

Since its creation in June of 2008, General Conway’s Cybercrimes Unit has launched 375 child pornography investigations and seized more than 422,600 child pornographic images and videos from the Internet. The unit is also a member of the Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force.

 

For additional information on cybersafety in Kentucky, visit General Conway’s Cybersafety Page at http://ag.ky.gov/cybersafety/. To report cyber abuse, visit the CyberTipline or call 1-800-843-5678.

 

A charge is merely an accusation and a defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty. 

General Conway Announces Indictment of Jefferson County Man on Child Porn Charges

FRANKFORT, Ky. (December 23, 2013) – Attorney General Jack Conway today announced the indictment of a Louisville, Ky. man following an investigation by his Cybercrimes Branch. On Dec. 18, a Jefferson County grand jury indicted 62-year-old Kerry Trinkle on four counts of possession of matter portraying a sexual performance by a minor and four counts of distribution of matter portraying a sexual performance by a minor.

 

On Sept. 13, a search warrant was executed at Trinkle’s Louisville business, Jackson TV & Electronics, following an investigation that began in August by General Conway’s Cybercrimes investigators. A forensic exam on computers taken from Trinkle’s business discovered more than 13,000 images depicting the sexual abuse of children.

 

Possession of matter portraying a sexual performance by a minor and distribution of matter portraying a sexual performance by a minor are Class D felonies. Each count is punishable by one to five years in prison.

 

Since its creation in June of 2008, General Conway’s Cybercrimes Unit has launched 375 child pornography investigations and seized more than 422,600 child pornographic images and videos from the Internet. The unit is also a member of the Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force.

 

For additional information on cybersafety in Kentucky, visit General Conway’s Cybersafety Page at http://ag.ky.gov/cybersafety/. To report cyber abuse, visit the CyberTipline or call 1-800-843-5678.

 

A charge is merely an accusation and a defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty. 

LEXINGTON CENTER MUSEUM & GALLERY AND PAUL MILLER FORD TO DELIVER 300 TEDDY BEARS TO CHILDREN TODAY

LEXINGTON,KY (December 23, 2013) — Lexington Center Museum and Gallery, with the support of Paul Miller Ford, today will help spread a little joy by delivering 300 teddy bears to pediatric patients and less fortunate children this holiday season.  Bears were collected through a Teddy Bear Drive, inspired by “Polar, the Titanic Bear,” which was sponsored by the museum and auto dealer joined throughout December. Together, the two entities had a mission to bring a smile to children’s faces.

Donors received a coupon for $2 off any adult admission to Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition.  The bears are wrapped and will be delivered starting at 3:00 p.m. today, December 23.

Half of the teddy bears will be delivered to pediatric patients at regional St. Joseph Hospitals.   The other half of the bears will be distributed to less fortunate children in Eastern Kentucky through cooperation with WKYT/WYMT TV.

For more details about the teddy bear drive, contact Exhibit Coordinator, rista Greathouse at (859) 227-2326.

Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition continues through the holidays until January 26th.  Hours of operation are Sunday thru Thursday 11 am to 8 pm and Friday and Saturday 10 am to 10 pm. throughout January 26, 2014. For more Information, including how to purchase tickets, visit www.lexmuseum.com

What Do Men Need?

Many women believe it is the man’s job to make her happy. There is typically less discussion about what women can do to help the man to feel good. I will give you some ideas about what men need, and the rest is up to you.

Men need to feel like men, not like little boys. If they are criticized and berated all the time, then you become like a mother. He will rebel, get angry, or shut down if you do this, thus creating a whole new list of things for which to be criticized. Also, he will not feel attracted to a mother figure.

A man wants to feel valued and appreciated. This is what you gave him in the early stages of your relationship. You made him feel like he was the most wonderful man on earth, and you were so lucky to have found him. He basked in the glow of your love, and likely gave much back in return.

Often, after the romantic fervor dies down, women try to change men. Slowly, she begins to pick at him for all of his nasty little man ways. Whether it is socks on the floor,  the toilet seat left up, or splashes on the mirror, he slowly loses his status as most wonderful man on earth. Gradually more and more items are added to the list of his deficiencies, so soon he feels as though he cannot do anything right.

Men need us to recognize they are not women, and so some of our ways do not come naturally to them. They want us to be able to concentrate on all that is positive about them, to see what they do contribute. They want us to be proud of them-to see them as winners.

Most men like to be shown affection, and yes, they like sex. It is not simply a physical thing. They like the closeness, and it makes a man feel good to know he has pleased his woman.

A woman who thinks as much about giving to her partner as she does about what she is getting, will be rewarded. Love is not simply something you give to another, but it is also something that is co-created by a couple. You can love someone, but it is the “being loving” that gives life and power to your love.

 

Gwen Randall-Young is an author and award-winning Psychotherapist.  For permission to reprint this article, or to obtain books or cds, visit www.gwen.ca

LCCHS students clean river, win PRIDE award

WHITESBURG, KY — For serving as good stewards of the Kentucky River, the Letcher County Central High School PRIDE Club has earned the PRIDE Environmental Education Project of the Month Award.  

These Letcher County Central High School PRIDE Club members earned a PRIDE award for volunteering to clean the Kentucky River on Nov. 23. Kneeling (left to right): Cassidy Breeding, Kacey Trout, Amber Crawford and Kennedy Breeding. Back Row (left to right): Cody Baker, Jarrett Fields, Danielle Cuellar, Regina Donour, Mason Salyers, Jarod Sexton, Austin Aversole, Antonio Acevedo, Joshua Smith and Dustin Watts
These Letcher County Central High School PRIDE Club members earned a PRIDE award for volunteering to clean the Kentucky River on Nov. 23. Kneeling (left to right): Cassidy Breeding, Kacey Trout, Amber Crawford and Kennedy Breeding. Back Row (left to right): Cody Baker, Jarrett Fields, Danielle Cuellar, Regina Donour, Mason Salyers, Jarod Sexton, Austin Aversole, Antonio Acevedo, Joshua Smith and Dustin Watts

The club members volunteered on Nov. 23 for a cleanup organized by Headwaters, Inc., a local community watershed group in Whitesburg. They joined volunteers from Headwaters and AmeriCorps to remove trash and other debris that had been making it difficult for canoes to navigate the river. 

“The Letcher County Central High School PRIDE Club got up early on a cold Saturday morning to get dirty and clean up their environment,” said Evan Smith, who is president of Headwaters. “The students cleaned up over a half-mile of the North Fork of the Kentucky River and collected a truckload of garbage in just a few hours.” 

“This event showed the students’ dedication to bettering their community and that their environmental education goes beyond the classroom,” Smith added. “The students learned that if we can clean up aesthetic problems like litter then we have beautiful natural resources that are ours to enjoy.” 

“Volunteering for this local cleanup project was a great hands-on lesson in stewardship,” said PRIDE’s Jennifer Johnson, who presented the plaque yesterday.  

“I thank the club members for taking responsibility for the river, which is so important to their community’s health and economy,” Johnson said. “They are on the right track to be excellent stewards of Letcher  County’s beautiful landscape in the future.” 

“We also want to thank Regina Donour for her leadership,” Johnson added. “As the PRIDE Club sponsor, Ms. Donour has inspired countless teenagers over the years. She has made a difference in their lives and this community.” 

Headwaters, which is a nonprofit organization, formed five years ago to improve the watersheds in Letcher County. The group envisions a community where citizens are committed to and take responsibility for clean water and a desirable environment necessary for a thriving and diverse economy based in responsible business and local investment. 

To be informed about opportunities to clean up local streams and build the infrastructure to encourage more people to canoe the North Fork, follow Headwaters at www.facebook.com/kyheadwaters. 

The PRIDE Environmental Education Project of the Month Award rewards creative, effective ways of promoting environmental awareness and stewardship. PRIDE presents one award each month to a school within the 42 counties of southern and eastern Kentucky. 

Follow PRIDE online at www.facebook.com/EasternKentuckyPRIDE.

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