Obviously, he wasn't at the Sugar Bowl following last season. Petrino was in the middle of his two-year stint as Illinois offensive coordinator.
But he wanted to make sure to remind Joe Adams and Jarius Wright that those two bowls were not up to their standards ahead of this year's Cotton Bowl.
"We were coming off the field a couple of days ago and I stopped Joe and Jarius," Petrino said. "I sat them down and talked to them about those last two bowl games.
There were few offensive highlights in the Liberty Bowl on a night that was frigid. There were no weather issues in the Sugar Bowl when the Razorbacks dropped a bunch of passes, including a probable touchdown by Adams on the first series of the game.
"I just wanted to remind them of those two games," Petrino said Monday afternoon as the Arkansas offensive players came to the media breifing for Friday night's Cotton Bowl. "I told them they've had a great career and it's time to go put on a show."
Petrino may be coaching quarterbacks now, but he takes a lot of pride in the way the wideouts have developed in their four years at Arkansas. He was the wideout coach when Adams and Wright were in their first two seasons with the Hogs.
"I do love to see how they have progressed," Petrino said. "I think of it more in terms of how they have gone from boys to men. That's one of the things that is enjoyable in coaching. You get to see players grow into men. They have done that."
Adams said there is much pride in what has been accomplished during their four years at Arkansas. One of them is not to have to watch anymore Louisville tapes on the finer points of playing wide receiver.
"We watched a lot of hurs of Louisiville tape," Adams said. "That helped us in the long term. But it's nice to show people those same tapes with me and Jarius on them. That gives us a lot of pride."
Wright laughed about that.
"I remember that like it was yesterday," Wright said. "Everything we do is on video. Even the cone drills are on video. Watching those videos helped us a lot.
"As we got older -- maybe as sophomores -- we started to be in the videos. Now we are all of the video. So that gives us a lot of pride knowing others are going to be watching us in those videos."
Petrino said it's one of the key aspects of recruiting.
"We tell wide receivers and quarterbacks that they need to ask to see the videos of how they are going to play in regards to scheme and style," Petrino said. "You better ask to see it. You better find out how you are going to be used.
"If they can't show you the video, then you are going to the wrong place. I think the best place in the country for a wide receiver or a quarterback is Arkansas. Every wide receiver and the country should be able to see our video and know this is where they should want to play."
This is the second time Paul has left his older brother only to return to the same school. He did that at Louisville, too, returning to his same office. Garrick McGee had taken his office the last two years at Arkansas, but he moved back in last month.
"I've done it before," he said. "I just felt like there was some unfinished business, I really did. What I want to do is win a national championship in the next four years.
"I think we want to do that together and it was undone when I left last time. I think it would be great to get that done for our father. We haven't talked to him about that, but I think both Bob and I feel it's important to get that done here in the next four years."
Obviously, winning the Cotton Bowl won't accomplish that short term. But it might be a step in the long term goal. There's nothing that helps preseason rankings like a bowl victory. The Hogs, at No. 6 in the BCS rankings, likely could jump into the top five in the final rankings and perhaps higher than that in preseason polls.
It won't be easy. There is great respect for the No. 8 Wildcats. Petrino said players and coaches share that respect when they watch tape of their opponent.
"One of the first things you do when you pop in the tape is see how hard and tough the other team plays," Petrino said. "You see that with Kansas State. I hope they see that in our team, too.
"I think this game will be about that. Both teams are going to play hard. I think when you see that, then you know it's going to come down to which one executes the best because they are both going to play hard."
Petrino said the K-State secondary has been impressive in the way it has forced turnovers. The Wildcats have 18 interceptions, including seven by cornerback Nigel Malone.
"That's No. 24 and if you wait too long on a throw into the flat, he'll have it," Petrino said. "And if you hang it up a little high down the middle, those two safeties will have it."
Quarterback Tyler Wilson noted Malone's ability to "bait" in his coverage habits.
"You stare it down, he'll jump the route," Wilson said. "Obviously, he's been very good at that this year. But the others in the secondary are good, too. All of them are aggressive. They all will bait you a little.
"You can make some plays against them. They've given up some passing yards. But they will jump a route now and then and they have great ball skills. They do get their hands on passes and if you let one get tipped, they will get to them. You have to be careful on the hitch and comeback patterns. You have to be careful not to stare them down. We've worked on (not doing) that.
"You can't tip your hand on where you are going."
Petrino said you can't change your basic principles.
"You just have to go through your progressions and keep playing," he said. "If they make a play, you have to come back at them. You can't stop playing.
"But I will say that you better not double clutch it. They will see where you are going."
That brought up another topic. Where is Paul Petrino going for the game?
"I'll be in the box," Petrino said. "I think that's where Bobby and I are most comfortable during games, with me upstairs. That's what we've done in the past."
That makes no difference to Wilson.
"I think we'd be fine either way," Wilson said. "We'll be on the head sets between plays. Our communication is really good in that way. We've got plenty of others who can get the signals in to us and have done it."
Wilson has had to change quarterback coaches in midstream with McGee now at Alabama-Birmingham. McGee had a soothing effect on Wilson in games when the head coach sometimes dished out some heats after some not so good moments.
"There's definitely a balancing act sometimes," Wilson said. "Coach Paul does a nice job in practice of getting everyone fired up and excited to be out there. And then when he moves to working with the quarterbacks, it might be a little softer. I think his way of communication has worked great. Our relationship is good."