GVX Audio: WKU beat writer says Bobby Petrino didn't inherit depleted roster

Western Kentucky head coach Bobby Petrino, right, talks with quarterback Brandon Doughty (12) in the third quarter of an NCAA college football game against Kentucky on Saturday, Aug. 31, 2013, in Nashville, Tenn. Western Kentucky won 35-26. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

Western Kentucky head coach Bobby Petrino, right, talks with quarterback Brandon Doughty (12) in the third quarter of an NCAA college football game against Kentucky on Saturday, Aug. 31, 2013, in Nashville, Tenn. Western Kentucky won 35-26. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

When Tennessee and Western Kentucky meet on Saturday, it will be a battle between two first-year coaches.

But both UT's Butch Jones and Western Kentucky's Bobby Petrino have plenty of experience prior to arriving at their current jobs. Jones was 50-27 in six years at Central Michigan and Cincinnati before coming to Tennessee. Petrino was 75-26 in eight years at Louisville and Arkansas.

Having an established coach is a new experience for a program like WKU.

"Willie Taggart was a young, up-and-coming coach, but he was a rookie coach when he came to Western Kentucky," said Michael Grant, the WKU beat writer for the Louisville Courier-Journal. "Bobby Petrino is as good a coach there is in college football. His record shows that."

Taggart is now head coach at South Florida. Grant said he didn't leave the cupboard bare for Petrino.

"He recruited well, so it wasn't like (Petrino) was taking over a depleted team," Grant said. "While it's not necessarily what he would like in terms of receivers, they do have a very good offensive line, excellent linebackers, a good secondary, terrific running backs. So he has a lot of pieces."

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