Summers Returns Fire

Arkansas offensive line coach Mike Summers isn't sure he deserves any grief for slow fishing trip with Bobby Petrino.

Bobby Petrino reveled in telling of a fishing trip to Kentucky Lake that Mike Summers guided years ago. Summers, who is Petrino's offensive line coach, cleared up some of the details after practice Tuesday.

Petrino gave his version of the fishing trip -- years ago -- at Monday's media briefing. He said, "Mike Summers thinks he's Curt Gowdy. He's no Curt Gowdy."

Summers responded, "Let's just say Coach Petrino is no Curt Gowdy, either."

It was a cold day in late February when the trip in question took place, according to Summers. The bass were suspended deep in the cold water and there were few bites period.

"I caught the only fish," Summers said. "That trip keeps coming up and I continue to get a bad rap. The bass were holding pretty deep."

Summers will probably be in demand this week for interviews, in Arkansas and Kentucky. But the fishing trip has nothing to do with his popularity with the media. He was a graduate assistant at Kentucky in 1979-81 after growing up in Lexington, Ky. But it may have more to do with his wife's family. Summer's father-in-law is the legendary Joe B. Hall, who won a national basketball championship at Kentucky in 1978 -- beating Arkansas in the Final four.

"I was at that game, really all of them," Summers said, noting he was engaged to Hall's daughter at the time. "Those games that season dominated our lives. I was behind the bench most of that season. I was right behind the bench at the Final Four. Our whole family was engrossed with that season."

Summers called his father-in-law "the best mentor a coach could have. I learned so much to him. He taught me so much about so many things. He is the best teacher you could have if you are going to be a coach. He was such a champion in the way he handled being a coach."

Summers expects a call later this week from his father-in-law to be a guest on a statewide Kentucky radio show. Hall co-hosts the show with former Louisville coach Denny Crum.

"They do it every day, five days a week from 10 until noon," Summers said. "It's the talk of Kentucky. He wants me on late in the week. We've done it before. There will be a lot of talk on hunting and fishing, but we'll probably get around to talking some football at some point."

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