A couple of weeks ago, Defensive Coordinator Willy Robinson candidly estimated that about 80 percent of the Razorbacks have jumped on board ‘the Petrino way.’
Well…I hope those other 20 percent are happy. Because the 80 percent have accomplished quite a bit over the course of this season.
The 80-20 rule tells us that 80 percent of your issues come from 20 percent of your people. If 20 percent aren’t on board, it’s going to be hard to be successful.
I’ve been hearing for a while now that some of the upperclassmen were skipping out on some of the morning weight sessions — deciding that punishment was better than permission. I was told Coach Petrino even made a point of summoning the offenders for a special meeting to ask, ‘Are you going south on me?’
So the problem this season apparently hasn’t been the opposing team standing in the way of a bowl game. It’s been the Hogs getting in their own way.
Bobby Petrino may be ‘old school’ and ‘harsh,’ but he respects and trusts his players and expects respect in return. The 20 percent are going to be allowed to finish out their careers with respect…even though they’ve shown a lack of respect to their teammates and to the fans with their attitude over the past few weeks.
But it’ll only be when 100 percent of the Razorbacks are on board that we’ll know just how good Arkansas football can really be. And I suspect that by next season, every player will either be at 100 percent…or they’ll be somewhere else.