Report: Fired Athletic Trainer Clashed with Bobby Petrino

By: Jeff Woods
By: Jeff Woods

Bowling Green, Ky. - According to an online report this week by The Chronicle of Higher Education, WKU football coach Bobby Petrino butted heads with WKU athletic trainer Danny Cobble regarding medical decisions. Cobble was fired by WKU this spring.

In the article, Cobble claimed he and Petrino clashed on numerous occasions and asserted that the coach "frequently questioned his willingness to do things Mr. Petrino's way, and was prone to criticizing him in front of fellow staff members."

Cobble, a Louisville native, was hired by WKU in 2009 after having served as the assistant athletic trainer for the University of South Carolina football team.

Cobble also told The Chronicle that Petrino "questioned his medical abilities, was impatient with return-to-play times, and pushed back on physicians' decisions." The story cited an incident when Cobble said a doctor ordered surgery for an injured player. When Cobble informed Petrino, he suggested the injury be treated with cortisone. The player later underwent surgery after seeking a second opinion.

According to Cobble, he was fired this spring after a meeting with WKU athletic director Todd Stewart and director of athletic training and sports medicine Bill Edwards. Cobble told The Chronicle he wished Stewart had done more to stand up for him.

"He had a choice," Cobble said, "and truthfully, I think he went with the million-dollar deal instead of what's right."

A WKU spokesman told WBKO neither coach Petrino nor Stewart would comment on The Chronicle report.

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