Local News
1:33 pm
Wed January 8, 2014

Reports: Bobby Petrino Accepts Head Coaching Job at U of L

The University of Louisville is close to hiring a new football coach, and it appears that former Cards coach Bobby Petrino is coming back to town to replace Charlie Strong.

Petrino interviewed for the opening Tuesday and there are media reports that he has been offered and will take the job. 

Petrino coached the Cardinals for four seasons, leading U of L to the 2006 Orange Bowl before leaving abruptly for an NFL job.

He just completed his first season at Western Kentucky, his first job since being fired from Arkansas amid a scandal involving an extramarital affair.

Others who have reportedly interviewed for the U of L job include two of Strong’s former assistants and the defensive coordinators at Stanford and Michigan State.     Strong became the head coach at Texas last weekend. 

U of L Athletic director Tom Jurich hasn’t publicly identified any candidates.  He said Sunday he’s looking for the “right fit.”

"I think the kids have to have a lot respect for that coach.  I think the coach has to be innovative, whatever side of the ball he’s on.   I think the coach has to be committed to the place he’s at, and the kids need to feel that," he said. 

The University of Louisville Athletic Association is scheduled to review Jurich's recommendation for the position tomorrow morning.