BRISTOL, CT (ArkansasSports360.com) - Bobby Petrino hasn't once tempered expectations for the 2011 football season. He's talked with his players about winning the SEC West and a national title.
Is Petrino being too optimistic? The coach certainly doesn't think so, something he shared with ESPN college football analyst Chris Fowler on a Tuesday afternoon SportsCenter.
Petrino was at ESPN headquarters in Bristol, Conn. on Tuesday and made a number of interview stops. Petrino explained that he fully expects the Razorbacks to contend for the SEC West and a national title, something that Fowler asked about during their approximately five minutes together.
Below is a transcript (albeit typed in a hurry) from the interview between Fowler and Petrino, which included conversation about the Razorbacks' old quarterback, Ryan Mallett, and presumed replacement Tyler Wilson:
FOWLER: You've committed the cardinal sin. You won 10 games, you go to the Sugar Bowl and you've raised expectations. You know what Razorback fans are saying, you've got to win at least 11, you've got to win the division or it's a failure.
PETRINO: Yeah, the way you do that is to not worry about it. You concentrate on practice and make sure we have a great August and practice real well, get ready for the first game. I embrace the high expectations. The best part about it, our players have high expectations.