Arkansas Football RB Knile Davis: Petrino Called Me, Was Clearly Hurting

Barrett SalleeSEC Football Lead WriterJuly 18, 2012

Bobby Petrino may be gone, but he is not forgotten in Fayetteville.

The former Arkansas coach, who was dismissed this spring after a motorcycle crash and subsequent cover-up of his affair with a staffer, recently had a conversation with running back Knile Davis

Davis made the rounds at SEC Media Days on Wednesday and discussed the conversation with the assembled members of the media.

"[Petrino] called me, wished me luck," Davis said. "He was sorry for what happened. I could hear the hurt in his voice."

That's not surprising. Petrino was the guy that brought Davis to Fayetteville and was an integral piece to Davis' success in 2010.

Did that provide closure for Davis? He stopped short of admitting that, but it was clearly a conversation that Davis appreciated from his former head coach.

He went on to describe the hectic time between the time of Petrino's motorcycle crash to the announcement that John L. Smith would take over as head coach for 2012.

"In that little time where things were confusing, there was chaos," Davis said. "We tried to keep things as close to normal as possible."

Continuity is key in Arkansas, which is why the hiring of Smith to the 10-month contract is key for the Razorbacks. 

The talent is there, and the presence of offensive coordinator Paul Petrino is a huge plus for the Hogs. If anyone can replicate the play-calling of Bobby Petrino, it's his brother.



Barrett Sallee is a Lead Writer for Bleacher Report. Unless otherwise noted, all quotes were obtained firsthand.