Like many Razorback fans, Head Coach Bobby Petrino hasn’t put the Sugar Bowl loss to Ohio State behind him quite yet. Petrino was in Destin, Florida Tuesday for the SEC Spring meeting and told reporters, “We wanted to play their best players.” He just doesn’t understand why they were allowed to play.
Ohio State Head Coach Jim Tressell stepped down Monday after months of controversy surrounding lies he told the NCAA regarding six Ohio State players involved in violations. “There’s no question I don’t understand how they were eligible to play in the game. I just don’t know; I never will,” Petrino said Tuesday.
“I think they (the NCAA and Sugar Bowl) kind of changed the rules for that bowl game.”
The Buckeye players had sold singed memorabilia and received free tattoos. Ohio State quarterback Terrelle Pryor, Dan Herron, DeVier Posey, Mike Adams and Solomon Thomas all faced suspensions before the Sugar Bowl which were pushed back to the start of the 2011 season.
“Football is a game of courage, and one of the lessons I talk about with my players is you have to take the arrow in the forehead, which means tell the truth,” Coach Petrino said. “Don’t blame things on your teammate next to you. Tell the truth in all your relationships.”