There’s nothing else to consider. No one else to consider. Someone is going to hire Petrino.
Throw the money at him. Get Petrino in Kentucky Blue.
Petrino will have Kentucky in a Bowl Game NEXT YEAR!
There is not one other coach who will be able to accomplish that feat.
But Mitch will balk based on the past. I don’t care what Petrino did in his past. At most Petrino stays at UK for 3 or 4 years. When he leaves, the program will be headed in the right direction.
Oh and it won’t take another hefty buy out to pay the next incompetent to leave peaceably.
The key after Petrino will be to find a coach who is similarly a disciplinarian and as great of a game prep coach.
Find that and you have continuity and a program that will continue to rise.
Learn from the past Mitch. Otherwise, hire a Cutcliffe and be prepared to leave with him in 3 or 4 years.