It’s rare when sports and personal life cross paths, and that took place for Louisville coach Bobby Petrino last week. His football team was in the midst of a two game losing streak, while his daughter, Kelsey, was hospitalized all week due to pregnancy issues. To say it was a trying week both professionally and personally is putting it mildly.
“It was a situation where if you deliver the baby, the baby’s in jeopardy, (and) if you don’t deliver the baby, the mom is in jeopardy,” Petrino said to Louisville Courier-Journal reporter Jake Lourim after Saturday’s win over Florida State.
Let’s go back one week, as the Cardinals defense collapsed in the second half by giving up 28 unanswered points to Boston College in a shocking 45-42 loss, which Petrino called one of the hardest defeats in his coaching career. He preached to his team all week in practice about responding to adversity, all the while, not uttering a word about his daughter’s medical condition. The only other person on the coaching staff that knew of her hospital stay was Louisville defensive line coach L.D. Scott, who happened to be Kelsey’s husband.
Fortunately, the week turned out right, with the Cards gaining an emotional 31-28 win after sophomore kicker Blanton Creque booted a 34-yard field goal with 5 seconds remaining in the game. The victory was Louisville’s first win at Doak Campbell Stadium since 1952, and it capped a trying week for the program’s leader who became grandfather to Anissa James Scott earlier in the day.
“Haven’t talked to them yet, but they think we’re all good,” the Cardinals coach said responding to a question about his daughter’s condition.
Yes, Saturday was a good day for the Petrino household.
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