NCAA Football

Bengals Mike Zimmer Rips Former Louisville Coach Bobby Petrino

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Bobby Petrino is a loser. Mike Zimmer is awesome.

Cincinnati.com – It’s been three years since Bobby Petrino resigned as coach of the Atlanta Falcons after 13 games. Bengals defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer held the same position with the Falcons that season and his thoughts on Petrino haven’t changed.

“I never even was there,” said Zimmer. “When a coach quits in the middle of the year and ruins a bunch of people’s families and doesn’t have enough guts to at least finish out the year … I am not a part of that. You can put that in the Arkansas News-Gazette. I don’t really give a (hooey). I am serious. He is a coward. Put that in quotes.”

Zimmer will be making his first coaching trip to Atlanta since that 2007 season on Sunday when the Bengals play the Falcons. He was asked about that season after Wednesday’s practice. Petrino told his assistants he resigned but informed his players by leaving them a note in their lockers. The Falcons were 3-10 at the time and finished the season 4-12.

“Most people in football have enough courage about them and enough fight to stick through something and not quit halfway through the year. It is cowardly,” said Zimmer. “He came in and said he resigned, he would talk to us all at a later date, walked out of the office and no one has ever talked to him since. Not that anybody wanted to.

“He’s a gutless (expletive). Quote that. I don’t give a (hooey).”

An e-mail sent to the Arkansas media relations department on Wednesday seeking a response from Petrino did not produce an immediate reply. Petrino did hold his weekly radio call-in show Wednesday night. Arkansas is 4-2 and ranked No. 21 in the Associated Press poll.

Courtesy of Cincinnati.com