Petrino talks summer plans for WKU football

WKU spring football game.

Elliott Pratt

The summer portion of the offseason can be a grind for many football coaches. While NCAA rules only allow strength and conditioning coaches to organize summer workouts, it leaves those like WKU football coach Bobby Petrino with some extra time on his hands.

“Actually, I like the summer. I think it’s a great time,” Petrino said. “It provides a little change in pace. We had the young kids in and had summer camp and the freshmen all arrived. It’s a good looking class and I’m excited about them.

“Then the coaches will get out of here at the end of next week and have a couple weeks of break to let me do some work in the office with nobody around, which is a fun time to get organized and ready for August.”

Petrino told the crowd in Nashville during Toppers on Tour that freshmen have recently arrived on campus, and the players are taking it upon themselves to get better on the field.

“They go out on their own two times a week now and work on football skills,” Petrino said. “(Coaches) are not allowed to do that, we have to let the players do it themselves. We follow the plan we did in spring ball, but they have to go out on the field and do it themselves.”

When Petrino does finally get his players back on the field he’ll be teaching them off the field lessons during the summer. The coach plans on teaching his team proper etiquette techniques.

“We haven’t really gotten into it yet, but that’s all part of the personal growth and development,” Petrino said. “One of the areas we try to teach them in is how to prepare outside of football and the classroom. That’s going to be one of the things that will be fun to do.”

Petrino said the players will learn etiquette in areas such as dining and job interview preparation. 

Assistant head coach and offensive coordinator Jeff Brohm said details off the field is one of coach Petrino’s main strengths.

“He is as detailed as it gets at every aspect of not only football but how to go to class properly, how to do things right off the field properly, how to police your teammates when you’re out and about,” Brohm said. “There’s a lot of small things like that that we do to make sure that they’re getting schooled in every aspect of life, not just football. I think it helps them individually and it helps us as a team.”

Working in the office and teaching his players life skills isn’t the only thing Petrino plans to do this summer. After all, even head football coaches need a summer time break.

“My daughter’s a golfer, so I’ll go out and hit the ball around with her and make sure she beats me just about every time,” Petrino said. “I enjoy that, it’s a fun time. I’ll probably go see my sister and my Mom and Dad back in Montana.”