The first major hire that Long made when coming to Northwest Arkansas was Petrino whom he enticed away from the professional game to once again enter the ranks of college coaches. Petrino had wanted to leave a situation in Atlanta that he felt was just not right for him and faced the wrath of the national news media in doing so. It seems that fire storms seem to follow him as Bobby Petrino made perhaps a decision that will prove lethal to his career in hiring his mistress to work for him as a direct report employee of the athletic department.
Although many outside of the state of Arkansas may feel that the Hogs captured lightning in a bottle with Petrino and have no chance to advance to championship levels, those in the know feel otherwise. Here are the reasons why the Arkansas job remains a desirable one: