"Bobby Petrino's messy offseason departure reminded me of a story. Several stories, in fact. There is a style of storytelling dating back to ancient mythology that is still used in modern stories like Star Wars, Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings, and many more. It's called "the hero's journey." One of the most important tenets of this type of narrative is that the hero is only able to truly thrive once he/she has gone through a severe ordeal that usually results in the loss of the mentor."